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Swiss Aircraft Manufacturer Puts New Spin On Horse Drawn Carriage

Pilatus introduced its very first jet to the public amongst much fanfare by trading in a modern day tug in favor of a the more time tested beast of burden. In honor of the Swiss National Day, traditional cultural displays were included among the festivities surrounding the release of the PC-24.

Riding on the coattails of the wildly successful PC-12 single engine turboprop, the PC-24 aims to bring the versatility of a turboprop with the cabin size of a medium-light jet, and the performance of a light jet. The small, personal jet has been engendered with the "off-road" user in mind offering unprecedented short field performance even on unpaved runways, which the company as dubbed the "Super Versatile Jet."

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Some 25,000 spectators were on hand to witness the debut of the Pilatus jet prototype and enjoy the festivities celebrating pride in their countries history and future. A symbolic 24 horses set the stage representing the future of this new airplane as a workhorse. Following the debut was a flyby of every aircraft produced in the 75 year history of the aircraft manufacturer. Festivities also included performances in traditional Swiss garb, flight attendants dancing and a man in a funny hat.

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The PC-24 is powered by two Williams FJ-44s, similar to those found on the popular CitationJet. Performance numbers put range at 1,800 nm and a top cruise speed of 425 knots.

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The first flight of the 3 prototypes is scheduled for the spring of 2015, with deliveries beginning in 2017. At a list price of $8.9 million, orders for over 86 PC-24s have already been placed.

Images courtesy Pilatus

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