The PC-24 is a twin-engine business jet developed by Pilatus Aircraft, a Switzerland-based aircraft manufacturer. The aircraft was first introduced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exposition (EBACE) in Geneva in May 2013.

The first PC-24 prototype was rolled-out at Buochs airfield near Stans in August 2014. The maiden flight of PC-24 aircraft was completed in May 2015.

FAA and EASA type certifications are obtained in December 2017. The aircraft parts are assembled and fabricated at Pilatus factory in Stans, Switzerland.

Orders and deliveries

Pilatus delivered the first of six Pilatus PC-24 aircraft ordered by the launch customer PlaneSense in February 2018.

In September 2018, Pilatus delivered the first of four PC-24 aircraft to Jetfly, with the remaining deliveries scheduled for the end of 2019.

PC-24 design

The PC-24 aircraft features incorporations from previous aircraft versions of Pilatus, but it is more versatile than its predecessor, the PC-12 executive turboprop.

The new aircraft is equipped with a dual main wheels landing gear with the anti-skid braking system. It features a separate cargo door with a height of 4.2ft and width of 4.1ft, and the optimised wing ensures superior short-field performance.

“The maiden flight of PC-24 aircraft was completed on 11 May 2015.”

The aircraft is made available in different versions to be suitable for diverse purposes such as medical evacuation, cargo, commuter, and special missions. It is custom-built for the usage on short and unpaved runways.

The aircraft has a length of 16.82m, height of 5.3m, and a wingspan of 17m.

Cabin details of the Pilatus business jet

The PC-24 features a spacious cabin which can accommodate up to ten passengers. The cabin has a volume of 14.20m3. It is 1.55m-high, 1.69m-wide and 7.01m-long, and includes a baggage compartment with a space of 1.40m3.

The aircraft cabin is fitted with extra-large windows for allowing bright and natural light. The passenger seats possess quick-change capability. The cabin comes with an externally serviced lavatory.

Flight deck and avionics of PC-24

The PC-24 aircraft is fitted with the advanced cockpit environment (ACE) flight deck and avionics system, developed by Honeywell. It integrates four 12-in screens in T-configuration and includes a SmartView synthetic vision system, inertial reference system, and graphic flight planning.

“The PC-24 aircraft will be fitted with the advanced cockpit environment (ACE) flight deck and avionics system, developed by Honeywell.”

It also features a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) II, a wide area augmentation system and localiser performance with vertical-guidance capability.

PC-24 engine and performance

The aircraft is powered by two FJ44-4A turbofan engines manufactured by Williams International, and each engine generates approximately 3,400lbf of thrust. It is equipped with a full-authority digital engine controller (FADEC) system.

The propulsion system provides a range of 3,610km and a maximum cruise speed of 787km/h. The landing distance of the aircraft is 770m and the maximum certified altitude is 13,716m. The rate of climb is around 4,075fpm at sea level.

The aircraft has a take-off weight of 8,005kg, landing weight of 7,370kg and a maximum payload of 1,135kg.

Contractors and suppliers involved with the PC-24 aircraft development

Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems was awarded a contract to supply the induction-starter generator system (ISGS) for the aircraft in June 2013. The ISGS improves the power system reliability and reduces aircraft maintenance costs.

Secondo Mona was awarded a contract to supply the complete fuel system for the aircraft in July 2013.

Air Comm Corporation provided the environment cooling and heating system for the aircraft in May 2013.

Sirio Panel was contracted to supply, develop and provide support for the cockpit control panels, as well as the external lighting system for the aircraft.

Saint-Gobain was awarded a contract to supply nose radomes made using Norton Armor materials for the aircraft in May 2013.

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