Third PC-24 makes maiden flight
The third and final Pilatus PC-24 prototype (P03) flew for the first time on March 6, 2017.
The aircraft left Buochs airfield at 9.45 am for its 2 hours and 5 minute first flight across central Switzerland.
The first two prototypes have flown a total of 1,350 hours to date, including numerous significant test flights.
The third PC-24 is the last aircraft that Pilatus will use in certification tests, and is production conforming.
“I’m delighted to have seen the P03 in the air today! The PC-24 test flight programme is proceeding as planned and the results are very encouraging.”
Oscar Schwenk, chairman of the board of directors said: “I’m delighted to have seen the P03 in the air today! The PC-24 test flight programme is proceeding as planned and the results are very encouraging. The data we have so far indicate that our Swiss business jet exceeds published performance figures. I am confident that certification will be achieved in the 4th quarter, and am naturally looking forward with immense anticipation to the moment when our first customers take delivery of their PC-24!”
P03 will be showcased at EBACE in Geneva from 22 to 24 May 2017. The aircraft will be fitted out with a “Zermatt” executive interior.
Certification of the PC-24 is expected in the 4th quarter of 2017, with initial deliveries expected to begin shortly afterwards.