Geneva. The first Pilatus PC-24 prototype will be part of the outdoor display at European Business Aviation Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva from 1000-1800 hours (local time) on May 24 this year.
Meanwhile, at the indoor stand, Pilatus will present the new PC-24 interior design, which has now been brought up to series production standard. The two PC-24 prototypes are currently engaged in a challenging programme of test flights. However, various key tests have already been completed with success.
The first PC-24 prototype, “P01”, will briefly interrupt its programme of test flights to be at the official EBACE opening day, where it will go on display at the Pilatus outdoor stand – next to the PC-12 NG.
Pilatus is very happy with the progress of the test flight programme. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pilatus, Oscar J Schwenk, comments: “Together, the two prototypes have completed 300 flights and over 500 hours in Switzerland, Spain, Scotland and Iceland. In the past few months we have conducted numerous important tests to explore the flight envelope and observe how the aircraft handles in natural icing conditions. The results are extremely positive and confirm that the PC-24 will be a superb aircraft in line with the high standards of our ‘Pilatus Class’ – exactly as our customers expect.
I’m delighted we can show off the PC-24 at a trade fair for the first time ever – it’s an excellent opportunity to convince more potential customers that our unique Super Versatile Jet offers unparalleled performance.”
Cabin reaches series standard
There will also be an additional première with the presentation of the interior, which has now been brought up to production standard. Visitors to EBACE will be the first to see the new design lines.
Hand in hand with Pilatus, Designworks, a BMW Group Company, has created six stylish colour concepts for the PC-24, each one named after a well known ski resort, e.g. “St. Moritz”, “Zermatt” or “Aspen”. The various colour worlds were inspired by the shades of nature found at each location, and have been chosen to convey a feeling of luxury and security.
Pilatus has combined the finest materials with many special ergonomic touches: the spacious PC-24 cabin with its entirely flat floor can be divided into separate zones, for example, to allow simultaneous use for work or relaxation. The generous, ergonomic seats can be adjusted individually. An In-Flight Entertainment System is provided for passengers.
The PC-24 is the world’s first business jet to be equipped with a cargo door as standard, with takeoff and landing performance that allows the use of very short and even unmade runways. The jet also boasts a spacious cabin with an interior which can be customised to accommodate individual customer needs. This is indeed a “Super Versatile Jet” – an aircraft designed for a wide variety of missions in line with specific requirements.