Pilatus PC-24 to make US debut

Pilatus’s first business jet, the PC-24, is set to make its US debut on 22-24 October at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas.

The Swiss airframer unveiled a mock-up of the superlight aircraft to great fanfare in May at the EBACE show in Geneva, Switzerland. It will be hoping to garner a similar response to the six-seat twin from prospective US owners.

The $9 million aircraft is branded by Pilatus as a "super versatile jet" due to its large cargo door and ability to operate from unpaved runways and grass strips.

The first Williams FJ44-4A-powered PC-24 is currently under construction at Pilatus's headquarters in Stans, and is scheduled to make its first flight in late 2014. Three aircraft will be used in the flight test programme. Certification and first deliveries are scheduled for 2017.

Pilatus says it will open the PC-24's orderbook at EBACE next May, when the aircraft's launch customer will also be revealed.

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