Every crystal found in the mountains of Switzerland is entirely unique. Just as unique is the PC-24, the only aircraft combining the cabin size of a midsize jet with the versatility of a turboprop and operating cost of a light jet. The Switzerland-based company, Pilatus Aircraft is known for its legendary aircrafts such as the PC-6—best selling single-engine turboprop—and the PC-12—training system of the future. The latest aircraft to roll out of the Pilatus Aircraft hangar is the PC-24, which is the world’s first-ever business jet for use on short unprepared runways. It can land on and take-off from shorter runways than similar jets, as well as unpaved surfaces like grass, gravel, or dirt. This super versatile jet is the next best thing in private aircraft, so here’s an overview of what you can expect.
The PC-24 is designed to operate from short, paved and even unpaved surfaces, giving pilots access to almost 20,000 additional airports worldwide. That means you can fly closer to your final destination than with any other business jet. You will be able to use smaller airports and avoid massive administrative procedures and reduce ground transfer time to an absolute minimum. That’s why the PC-24 is a Super Versatile Jet: more runways, more space, more possibilities.
The PC-24’s cabin volume tops business jets costing almost twice as much. But while offering space is one thing, making intelligent use of it is quite another. The interior of the PC-24 has been designed from the outset for quick and easy reconfiguration — an option not found in many other business jets.
Each passenger seat features quick-change capability enabling its addition or removal. The aft partition is movable so you can easily enlarge the passenger cabin or increase the baggage compartment volume for each and every flight. The PC-24 features a fully enclosed, externally serviceable private lavatory that is highly discreet and seamlessly integrated into the forward area of the cabin. Being a Super Versatile Jet, the PC-24 will find popularity in a number of other roles – like cargo, medevac, commuter, or governmental special-mission applications, just to name a few.
Long before settling into your seat, you’ll find yourself impressed by the generous space and striking elegance of the PC-24’s cabin. Ergonomics and comfort are both at premium levels. Only the finest-quality materials have been used to create an interior that fits in perfectly with the latest standards of comfort and functionality. Every component is chosen to enhance the passenger experience: soft leathers and rare hardwood cabinetry full of exquisite details create a bespoke interior that reflects the meticulous purpose of the aircraft. 13 extra-large cabin windows flood the interior of the PC-24 with bright, natural light. The generously sized cabin, with its continuous flat floor, allows for an exceptional amount of headroom for both passengers and crew. It’s not first-class traveling – it’s Crystal Class.
All Pilatus aircraft are certified for single-pilot operation. And the PC-24 is no exception to this rule. The cockpit layout is efficient and intuitive. From the comfort of his seat, the pilot finds an environment that has been designed specifically to reduce workload and improve safety while providing full situational awareness under all circumstances. Simply put, the PC-24 is the perfect combination of single-pilot operational know-how and state-of-the-art avionics technology.
Pilatus ACE™ is so capable and offers such a wealth of functionality that in its most basic configuration it boasts the most intuitive and user-friendly cockpit concepts ever seen in business aviation. Four 12-inch screens ensure that all relevant information is displayed in the right place and with no delay.
the PC-24’s unique Quiet Power Mode™ provides quiet, economical energy to power electrical systems – including heating and airconditioning – independent of any source of ground power. These innovations offer more operational flexibility and higher fuel efficiency. Or to put it simply: maximum versatility.