A US premier at this year's NBAA's Business Aviation Convention &Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando: the first-ever presentation of thePC-24 prototype to a US audience at the Pilatus outdoor stand. ThePC-24 development program is progressing to plan and Pilatus expectsits new business jet to exceed previously published performance data!Visitors to NBAA-BACE 2016 can look forward to seeing the secondPC-24 prototype – "P02" – on Wednesday, 2nd November 2016, when itmomentarily interrupts its test flight program to join the latest PC-12 NGon display at the Pilatus stand.
Both PC-24 prototypes are currently completing a rigorous program oftest flights. Various key performance tests have already been concludedwith success. The second prototype has been based in the USA in recentmonths where it has undergone hot and cold weather trials plus tests onthe avionics and autopilot. Meanwhile, the first prototype, P01, has beenundergoing further aerodynamic testing in Europe. Another importantmilestone was achieved with the aerodynamic design freeze in October2016.
Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pilatus,comments on progress to date as follows:"Our two PC-24 prototypes have completed a combined total of over1000 hours and almost 600 flights. The data collected so far indicatesthat our Super Versatile Jet is likely to perform even better thanpreviously announced. All I can say for the time being is that the PC-24will undoubtedly be two things: unique and outstanding – as you havecome to expect from Pilatus! Updated performance data will be publishedat next year's European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition(EBACE 2017) in Geneva."
Training and Customer SupportSignificant progress has also been achieved in terms of training andcustomer support: Pilatus develops all its pilot and maintenance trainingunits, including a PC-24 full-motion level D simulator, in partnership withFlightSafety International.Pilatus is currently also in the process of setting up a worldwide PC-24support network in order to provide the sort of first-class "round-theMEDIARELEASEPage 2/3clock" service which customers have come to expect, from the moment the first delivery goes ahead.Pilatus also developed the new CrystalCareTM Support Programme, the business aviation industry’s most comprehensive coverage for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. CrystalCareTM offers additional peace of mind by completely eliminating the uncertainty of maintenance cost variations.The third and final prototype – the first series aircraft – will join the test flight program beginning of 2017. Certification is planned for the 3rd quarter of 2017 and initial deliveries will go ahead thereafter – to Planesense, provider of fractional ownership programs in the USA, for example, and to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.
Information about the show
NBAA-BACE 2016 will also provide a platform for Pilatus to show off the new PC-24 interior design, which is now ready for the start of series production. Designworks, a BMW Group company, joined forces with Pilatus to come up with six stylish colour concepts for the PC24. Each one is named after well-known ski resorts such as "St. Moritz", "Zermatt" and "Aspen". A walk-in 1:1 model of the PC-24 featuring the "Vail" cabin design will be on display in the Orange County Convention Center at exhibit 4293 for the entire duration of the show. The PC-24 prototype will be on outdoor display at Orlando Executive Airport on Wednesday, 2nd November.The latest version of the PC-12 NG, sold 1400 times the world over since it was first launched, will also be on display at the Pilatus indoor stand.
Press release and picture by Pilatus