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Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:02 pm

The second PC-24 prototype (P02) took off from Buochs Airport today at 10:06 a. m. on its maiden flight. The "Super Versatile Jet" with call sign HB-VXB flew across Central Switzerland for a total of 82 minutes. Following on from the maiden flight of the first PC-24 prototype (P01) in May of this year, this first flight by P02 marks another major step forward in the Pilatus PC-24 development programme.


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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:17 pm

Great news. When is the certification supposed to be complete?
 
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:29 pm

Very good news, It sure does look good.

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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:24 pm

Certification and first customer deliveries in 2017.

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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:32 pm

My question is, why? Isn't this market saturated with other comparable types? What does this aircraft offer that the competitors don't?
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:47 pm

Quoting KC135Hydraulics (Reply 4):
My question is, why? Isn't this market saturated with other comparable types? What does this aircraft offer that the competitors don't?

Rough field capabilities, large cargo door, needs less runway
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:22 pm

Quoting rbrunner (Reply 1):
Great news. When is the certification supposed to be complete?

Richard, very likely before the next Airbus A350´s delivery ...


The landing, after the succesful first flight, of the Pilatus PC-24, prototype P02, reg. HB-VXB, powered by twin Williams International FJ44-4A twin-shaft turbofan engines, each 16,01 kN - 3.600 lb s.t.



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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:50 pm

Quoting mfranjic (Reply 6):
Richard, very likely before the next Airbus A350´s delivery ...

Cheers, Mario   I'm looking forward to seeing deliveries of this new biz jet. I'm sure that it serves a niche market and has some capabilities that other biz jets don't have. Wish Pilatus great success with this great looking bird. Wish I could afford one or two  
 
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:39 am

Quoting rbrunner (Reply 7):
I'm sure that it serves a niche market and has some capabilities that other biz jets don't have.

The Royal Flying Doctor in WA will absolutely love it, enough range to get from Perth to nearly anywhere in the state and back without refuelling, significantly faster than their PC-12s and can land on the many dirt roads in the desert.
 
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:42 am

Quoting KC135Hydraulics (Reply 4):
My question is, why?

The first bizjet design in a while that actually seems to have something new and practical to offer. The other manufacturers seem to be obsessed with Mach .9 and golden iPad interiors. I think this one actually has a shot.
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:05 am

Quoting KC135Hydraulics (Reply 4):
My question is, why? Isn't this market saturated with other comparable types? What does this aircraft offer that the competitors don't?

The recent AvWeek article on this was really informative.
 
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:06 am

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 8):

The Royal Flying Doctor in WA will absolutely love it,

Are you sure they will love it? Have they put in any orders?
 
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:56 am

This jet, although a bit large, would be great for air ambulance throughout Canada's north. I fly medivacs now, with a Lear 35 and we're limited to paved runways. We have King Airs that go to the gravel strips, but they're not that fast and distances between communities are huge.

I would love to see them in the Arctic, but I'm sure by the time they'll enter service in Canada I won't be flying medivacs anymore.
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:14 am

Quoting B747400ERF (Reply 11):

As far as I know they have 4 on order with two options.

With the aft cargo door it is easy to load patients, just like the PC-12. And unlike the King Air and you can enter and leave the aircraft without going through the pax cabin.

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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:27 am

The drug dealers of South America will love it, too. Imagine the possibilities. All these jungle dirt strips you can make an unofficial stop at when flying from BOG to MIA.  
 
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:27 am

Great job Pilatus. 84 orders already and what a stunning plane in places hiterto not open to jets. Love the capabilities and the versatility seamlessly being able to switch from passenger to combi to cargo. Nice feature for a jet this size.

Quoting B747400ERF (Reply 11):

You might want to read the AVweek article before asking:

"One of those launch customers is the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, a PC-12 operator that has ordered four jets and took options on another two."
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:02 am

Quoting ua900 (Reply 15):

You might want to read the AVweek article before asking:

I asked a question, was it so hard just to answer?
 
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:56 am

It looks great!
So will Pilates me a stretch version? Sorry, I couldn't resist.  
 
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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:10 am

Quoting B747400ERF (Reply 11):
Are you sure they will love it? Have they put in any orders?

Pretty sure. They've ordered it:

Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne (by Airimages Nov 16 2015 in Civil Aviation)

"One of those launch customers is the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, a PC-12 operator that has ordered four jets and took options on another two."

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RE: Second Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Airborne

Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:16 am

I wonder if some of the African safari specialists are keeping an eye on this?
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