It's official. You can now place an order with Pilatus to buy your very own PC-24 business jet — provided you can come up with the $8.9 million it will cost to do so.
Pilatus confirmed at EBACE in Geneva yesterday that it is now taking orders for the twinjet, certification for which is expected in early 2017. The Swiss manufacturer plans to begin flight testing this summer at its home base in Stans.
By the close of the the day today, Pilatus reported having recived orders for 75 PC-24s.
Notable features of the PC-24 include a large rear cargo door similar to that of the PC-12 turboprop, as well as a beefy landing gear for operating from rough strips. The cabin will have room for six to eight passengers. Range is targeted at nearly 2,000 nm, while max cruise speed is listed at 425 knots at FL 300.
By: Stephen Pope