A New Hampshire–based fractional company is the launch customer for the Swiss manufacturer’s 500 mph, eight-passenger “super versatile jet” that will cross the skies. The e Pilatus PC-24 is the first jet from the 80-year-old Swiss manufacturer after a long collaboration between the two companies that goes back to 1995.
The first PC-24 off the production line arrived at the PlaneSense headquarters in Portsmouth, N.H., on February 8 from Switzerland. It is a small and versatile business jet with a maximum cruising speed of just over 500 mph, compared to 328 mph for the PC-12 NG, the latest version of the PC-12. Its range is just under 1,900 miles (1,650 nautical miles) with the capacity to carry three passengers and two pilots. The aircraft requires only 2,690 feet of runway to take off and just 2,525 to land. Its design allows it to land smoothly even on unpaved runways, making it the world’s first SVJ: super versatile jet.
The materials it is made from allow the cabin to be very quiet for the comfort of the passengers. There is plenty of space and the interior can be further customized. The PC-24 can seat comfortably up to eight passengers (four in a club configuration) in a cabin that is 23 feet long, 5 feet 7 inches wide, and 5 feet 1 inch tall. The cargo area can be accessed from inside the cabin.
The aircraft is ideally suited for an individual owner who frequently flies for both business and leisure purposes. It offers a delightful flying experience and is fitted with the highest quality materials both inside and out. The company currently has 34 aircraft in what it says is the world’s largest civilian fleet of PC-12s and is expected to start making deliveries later this year. Prices are available on request and depend on the level of customization the customer will want.