Pilatus expects to obtain certification for its PC-24 light jet from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA in December 2017. First customer aircraft is scheduled by yearend.
The Pilatus PC-24 development project has now entered its final certification phase, with the three PC-24 prototypes having flown 1,250 flights and 2,000 hours thus far. Function reliability tests are currently underway with P03, which is a production conforming aircraft.
In preparation for the PC-24’s entry into service, Pilatus has launched a 24/7 customer service facility to provide technical support and spare parts. The company has also worked with FlightSafety International to develop a full-motion simulator and maintenance training prior to certification.
Oscar J. Schwenk, chairman of Pilatus, commented, “I’m very pleased with the progress of the development program and am looking forward to the moment when we are awarded the type certificate and can hand over the PC-24 to our first customer. I have no doubt whatsoever that the future operators will be more than delighted with the outstanding performance of the super versatile jet and the countless possibilities it offers.”
The PC-24 is the first business jet worldwide designed to take off and land on very short or unpaved runways, and to come with a cargo door as standard. It also boasts a spacious cabin whose interior can easily be adapted to personal requirements. The outstanding flexibility of the PC-24 opens the door on an enviable spectrum of possibilities, whether as a business jet, ambulance aircraft or for other special missions.