Pilatus Introduces A Rough-Field Twinjet

By Fred George
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

The company is not accepting deposits until rollout of the first prototype, even though Schwenk says customer interest has been keen.

Although a rough-field jet market has never been identified, the same was said of the market for a pressurized, single-turboprop, cargo/passenger aircraft—the market of the PC-12, of which more than 1,100 have been delivered.

“Pilatus always has been a trend-setter,” says Schwenk, insisting that the PC-24 will become as emblematic of its homeland as the snow-capped Alps and precision timepieces.

Pilatus PC-24 Specifications
Characteristics
Wing Area332.6 sq. ft.
Wing Loading53.1 lb./sq. ft.
Power Loading2.60 lb./lb.f.
Seating1+7/11
Dimensions (ft./meters)
External
Length55.216.8
Height17.35.3
Span55.817.0
Internal
Length23.07.0
Height5.11.6
Width (maximum)5.61.7
Width (floor)3.91.2
Thrust
Engine2 Williams Intl FJ44-4A
Normal Takeoff Thrust3,400 lb.*
TBO5,000 lb.
Weights (lb./kg)
Maximum Ramp17,7508,051
Maximum Takeoff17,6508,006
Maximum Landing16,2507,371
Zero Fuel13,4506,101
BOW10,9504,967
Maximum Payload2,5001,134
Useful Load6,8003,084
Executive Payload1,200544
Maximum Fuel5,9532,700
Payload with Maximum Fuel847384
Fuel with Maximum Payload4,3001,950
Fuel with Executive Payload5,6002,540
Ceilings (ft./meters)
Certificated45,00013,716
All-Engine Service45,00013,716
Engine-Out Service26,0007,925
*3,600-lb.-thrust APR rating Source: Pilatus

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