Off-road capable is not the term that comes to mind when describing a business jet, however, the Pilatus PC-24 the worlds first business jet designed to take off and land on very short or unpaved runways is up to the challenge. In addition, the PC-24 comes with a cargo door as standard configuration.
The PC-24 unparalleled off-road capabilities provide access to twice as many runways worldwide as compared to other jets currently available on the market.
The Super Versatile Jet is currently undergoing a curriculum of post-certification tests with particular emphasis on unpaved runway performances. Pilatus plans on getting “Rough Field” certification in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Woodbridge Airfield, northeast of London offers excellent test conditions: Pilatus spent two weeks there testing the PC-24’s landing and take-off abilities on the airfield’s unpaved runway for the first time.
From the beginning, the PC-24 was designed and purpose-built for “off road” operations. Its exceptional performance on short unpaved runways opens up an incredible range of flexibility and new opportunities that were previously available only to smaller turboprop aircraft.
The PC-24’s rugged heavy duty landing gear, innovative flap systems, and unique wing design combine to give the PC-24 its unrivaled off-road performance. This is Swiss engineering at its very best.
The Pilatus PC-24 It also boasts an exceptionally spacious and luxurious cabin that can easily be configured to personal requirements. The versatility of the PC-24 opens the door on a wide range of possibilities–whether as a business jet, ambulance aircraft, cargo plane or for other special missions.
Pilatus received basic certification for the PC-24 on Dec. 7, 2017. Since then, five aircraft have been delivered to customers in Europe and the United States. A total of 23 PC-24s are scheduled for delivery in 2018.
If you are interested in the flying truck you will have to wait. The PC-24 order book is closed for the time being. Pilatus plans to begin accepting new orders in 2019.