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PRESS RELEASE

 

Stans, 21  May 2013

 

PILATUS PRESENTS ITS LATEST FLAGSHIP, THE PC-24 TWIN-JET

 

A world première at the "European Business Aviation Conference and Exposition" (EBACE) in Geneva  today: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd unveiled  the PC-24, the world's first "Super  Versatile Jet".

 

The entirely newly developed PC-24 sees traditional  Pilatus values of versatility, efficiency and  Swiss precision brought together in a business jet for the  very first time.  This innovative development by the  Swiss aircraft manufacturer marks the creation  of a new segment in the  business aviation market:  the  PC-24 is the  first business jet worldwide with the  ability to use very short runways, paved  or unpaved, and  a cargo door as standard. The jet also boasts an enviably spacious cabin  which can be configured  to individual requirements. Thanks to these features, this aircraft is truly a "Super  Versatile Jet".

 

Oscar J. Schwenk,  Chairman  of the  Board of Directors of Pilatus, remembers: "Over ten  years ago,  we started asking our PC-12 customers what they would like to see in the  next Pilatus aircraft.  The answers were always the  same: Further

 

and  faster – whilst retaining  the  much appreciated strengths of the  PC-12, such as the  ability to use very short runways. It was a huge  challenge  for our development team!  We are  all the  more proud to be able  to unveil an aircraft with exactly those qualities today: the  PC-24."

 

The PC-24 will offer its future owners a combination  of performance and versatility unrivalled by any other  business jet. The cabin interior will be available  in a wide choice  of different  configurations ranging from an executive  layout with

 

6-8 passenger seats to a commuter  setup with room for up to 10  passengers, or even  combi-versions with ample  space for passengers and  cargo,  right through to special installations for emergency medical  flights.

 

The PC-24 reaches a maximum speed of ~425 knots (787  km/h). The maximum range  with 4 passengers is 3,610 km. The PC-24 is powered  by two Williams FJ44-4A turbines, each  of which produces 15,124 kN of thrust.

 

The avionics system draws on a completely new Pilatus concept: the  "Advanced Cockpit Environment"  (ACE™) system, developed especially to reduce  cockpit workloads. Even in the  basic version, the  "Pilatus ACE" offers four 12-inch screens, the  SmartView™ synthetic vision system, TCAS II, IRS, LVP and  the option to complete flight planning procedures on the  screen itself, in graphical

 

form.

 

Work on the  prototype in Stans is in full swing. The roll-out is scheduled for the

 

third quarter  of 2014. The PC-24 will take  off on its maiden  flight towards the

 

end  of 2014. Certification by the  European  (EASA) and  American (FAA) authorities

 

is planned  for early 2017 and  the  first aircraft will be delivered  immediately

 

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thereafter. The PC-24 programme  was approved  by the  Board of Directors of

 

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd in summer 2012 and  is financed  entirely from company funds.

 

Schwenk  has no doubt  that  the  PC-24 will be just as successful as the  PC-12, of which over 1200 models have been  sold to date:  "Very importantly, the  PC-24 is a completely new development – not a 'me too product'. Specifically, there  is no other  business jet on the market  with the  same credentials and  qualities as our new jet. Once again,  we aim to fill a market  niche  and  I am confident  we will do

 

so successfully.

 

I am proud that  we are  able  to develop  such complex aircraft for the  worldwide market  here  in Switzerland.  I am sure our future customers will be every bit as enthusiastic as I am about  the  PC-24 – the  world's first 'Super Versatile Jet‘!"

 

The list price (price basis 2017) is approx.  USD 8.9  million. First orders will be taken  at EBACE 2014.

 

Further information for media  representatives is available from:

 

Oscar J. Schwenk,  Chairman  of the  Board of Directors Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, PO Box 992, 6371 Stans, Switzerland Telephone: 41  41  619  62  05,  Fax: 41  41  619  60  34

 

Email:

 

 

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PC-24 – The Super Versatile Jet Book

 

PC-24 Fact Sheet

 

High-resolution photos of the  PC-24 and  the  event  are  available  for download

 

free of charge  at

 

 

http://images.pilatus-aircraft.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.pilatus-aircraft.com

 

 

 

Founded  in 1939, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is the only Swiss company  to develop,  produce  and sell aircraft to customers around  the world: from the legendary  Pilatus Porter PC-6 to the best-selling PC-12, a single- engine  turboprop, and the PC-21, the training system of the future.  Pilatus is currently developing  the PC-24 – the world’s first ever business jet for use on short unmade runways. Domiciled in Stans, the company  is certified to ISO 14001 in recognition  of its efforts for the environment. The Pilatus Group includes three  independent subsidiaries in Altenrhein (Switzerland), Broomfield (Colorado, USA) and Adelaide (Australia). With over 1500 employees at its headquarters, Pilatus is one of the largest employers in Central Switzerland.  Pilatus provides training for over 100  apprentices in ten different

 

professions – job training for young people  has always been  a very high priority at Pilatus.

 

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