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The Most Rugged Business Jet Is About To Takeoff

Much-anticipated aircraft is expected to enter service early this year

Photo Richard Vandervord http://www.airliners.net/photo/Pilatus/Pilatus-PC-24/2482952/L/

Avgeeks venerate the PC-24 for its state-of-the-art avionics technology. The PC-24 received EASA and FAA-type certification December 7 and is expected to enter service in late January or early February. So why does this plane have pilots squealing like school girls at a One Direction concert? Read on ….

Photo Stephan Widmer (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Off the Charts: More Runways, More Possibilities

Reach all your destinations easily. The Swiss-made PC-24 can operate from airstrips that other jets can only fly over. The PC-24 is simply too awesome to fit into any of the existing business jet categories. It is the only aircraft that combines the cabin size of a medium-light jet and the versatility of a turboprop. In fact, a new category was created specifically for the PC-24, called the Super Versatile Jet or SVJ category.

This dream machine has unparalleled short-field performance and only needs 2,810 feet (856 m) of runway. To put this in perspective, consider that there are 10,650 airports around the world that can be accessed with an aircraft capable of operating with a length of 3,130 feet (954 m). Another additional 1,050 airports become available when your aircraft needs only 2,810 feet of paved tarmac. Add to this the fact that the PC-24 SVJ also gives pilots access to over 20,000 unpaved runways in the world that are at least 2,810 in length, thanks to its ability to take off and land on grass or gravel. Doing some quick math, this means you gain access to 100% more global airports, including smaller ones. Go where no business jet has ever gone before! Fly closer to your final destination and reduce ground transfer time and administrative hassles with the PC-24.

Streamlined Cockpit, Situational Awareness and Efficiency

The Pilatus ACE cockpit environment is designed to improve safety by giving the pilot constant situational awareness. The SmartView Synthetic Vision System (SVS) synthesizes flight information from multiple sensors and presents it in an easy-to-read picture on the primary display. The Integrated Navigation System from Honeywell simultaneously displays traffic, terrain, flight path, airspace, airways, airports and navigation tools to improve flight management. INAV includes an intuitve graphical user interface that makes changes to your flight plans a breeze.

The Advanced Cockpit Environment (ACE™) is both high tech and yet simple in design. It is one of the most intutive systems ever seen in aviation. Four large 12-inch screens are user-friendly and easy to read. The Inertial Reference System gives lends pinpoint accuracy of navigation and altitude data.

The futuristic Traffic Collision Avoidance System II paves the way for other ADS-B used in applications that allow traffic avoidance and space optimization. Precision approaches and lateral and vertical accuracy enable pilots to make near-Instrument Landing system category 1 precision approaches thanks to the Wide Area Augmentation System-Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (WAAS-LPV). Check out video here:

The PC-24 is made for 45,000 feet with two pilots. All Pilatus aircraft are also certified for single-pilot operation. The environment is designed to reduce workload and improve safety, making it the ideal combination for single-pilot operation. From the comfort of his or her seat, the pilot finds an environment that has been designed specifically to reduce workload and improve safety.

The PC-24 twin jet is powered by the Williams FJ44-4A engine and has a unique feature called Quiet Power Mode which allows it to power electronic systems economically, without the need for ground power or an on-board auxillary unit. The PC-24 is made lighter and more fuel efficient by including the auxillary power unit in one of engines. Quiet Power Mode also makes the PC-24 is whisper-quiet.

Formal Ceremony Coming in February

Serial number 101, the very first production PC-24, was registered in Switzerland November 12. A fractional aircraft provider in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, PlaneSense, is taking the first delivery and will celebrate with a formal ceremony in early February. Pilatus has taken its first block of 84 orders for the PC-24 which includes six for the PlaneSense fractional program.

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Kim Clark

Written by Kim Clark

Former CNN Radio News Network anchor Kim Clark is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in the aviation industry and financial markets. She currently freelances for S&P Global and works as a club and event Disc Jockey in Atlanta, Georgia, after having held positions doing news on radio morning shows and holding down the position of Music Director of commercial radio stations owned by Cumulus and Clear Channel.

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