The fuselage and wings of the first series-built PC-24 have been joined together and Swiss airframer, Pilatus is now accelerating series production processes to ensure that prompt deliveries of first customer aircraft can go ahead immediately after certification. Pilatus technicians joined the 16.8 metre fuselage to the wings, spanning 17 metres om July 12 and this will be followed by the cabin installation and commissioning and testing of the aircraft systems.
George Antoniadis, President and CEO of PlaneSense and the first PC-24 customer was present at the occasion, commenting as follows: “We are excited to witness the fuselage-wing mating of the first production PC-24. We are proud to see the PC-24 sporting the PlaneSense colours, being the culmination of years of preparation. Its large cabin and exceptionally versatile performance are features greatly anticipated by our fractional owners. Additionally, its revolutionary design and manufacturing pedigree will set it apart in day to day operations, allowing PlaneSense to further exceed our commitment to operational excellence and superior service.”
Pilatus is now pressing head to complete the various tasks before first customer handover later this year when the first PC-24 will be delivered to PlaneSense, during the 4th quarter of 2017.
PlaneSense currently operates 34 PC-12s in the USA.
It will deploy six PC-24s in the future.