Swiss airframer Pilatus has brought its PC-24 ‘Super Versatile Jet’ to EBACE for the first time. The first PC-24 prototype is participating in the flight display at the opening day of the show, following which it will be part of the outdoor display.
Pilatus is also showcasing the interior design of the PC-24 at its indoor stand for the first time. The other Pilatus type that is participating at EBACE is the PC-12NG which is making its first European presentation at EBACE.
Commenting on the progress of the PC-24 test programme, which has two prototype aircraft taking part in developmental activities at present, are currently engaged in a challenging programme of test flights, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pilatus, Oscar J. Schwenk, said, “Together, the two prototypes have completed 300 flights and over 500 hours in Switzerland, Spain, Scotland and Iceland. In the past few months we have conducted numerous important tests to explore the flight envelope and observe how the aircraft handles in natural icing conditions.”
He added, “I'm delighted we can show off the PC-24 at a trade fair for the first time ever - it's an excellent opportunity to convince more potential customers that our unique Super Versatile Jet offers unparalleled performance."
The 2016 model PC-12 NG, on display at the show needs no introduction.
The versatile single-engine turboprop features a number of enhancements for 2016; including a five blade composite propeller and a number of aerodynamic enhancements that have resulted in a higher cruise speed, better takeoff and climb performance and a greater range.
The improved performance has been achieved without any penalty in fuel consumption.
The 2016 model PC-12 NG now has a maximum cruise speed of 285 knots (528 km/h) and at maximum takeoff weight, the aircraft reached a cruising altitude of 8,535 m (28,000 ft) almost three minutes faster than previous models.
The worldwide fleet of PC-12s is now almost at 1400 aircraft, with a cumulative of five million flight hours being achieved.