First Flight for Third PC-24 Prototype

The third Pilatus PC-24 prototype business jet ‘registered HB-VSA’ has flown its maiden voyage.

The “series-conforming” aircraft P03, lasted two hours and five minutes, taking off from Buochs Airport in Switzerland.

P03, the last prototype, joins its two siblings in the flight-test program, with certification expected in the fourth quarter.

Pilatus chairman Oscar Schwenk: “The PC-24 flight-test program is proceeding as planned and the results are encouraging. The data we have so far indicates that our Swiss business jet exceeds published performance figures. I am naturally looking forward with immense anticipation to the moment when our first customers take delivery of their PC-24s.”

Pilatus has stopped taking orders after signing sales contracts for the first 84 shortly after the program was announced in May 2013

PlaneSense, the launch customer for the aircraft, is due to recieve its first aircraft shortly after certification of the PC-24.

Pilatus will install a “Zermatt” executive interior in HB-VSA, one of six interior and exterior themes designed in cooperation with BMW Designworks, and it will be on display at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, May 22 to 24.