Pilatus Expands into Jets, with New PC-24 Set to Enter Service at Year-End

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent.

Pilatus is marketing the PC-24 as “The Super Versatile Jet” – among other things – given the aircraft’s ability to take-off and land on short, unpaved runways. The first three years of production were sold out within hours. Photo Courtesy: Pilatus Aircraft.

The Pilatus PC-24 is a twin-engine light/medium-light business jet currently in the late stages of development and testing. The aircraft builds on Pilatus’s almost 25 years of experience manufacturing and selling the popular PC-12 turboprop – more than 1,450 have been sold to date. The $8.9 million PC-24 shares many of the features of the PC-12, including a spacious aft cargo/baggage compartment and wide cargo door, an easy-to-reconfigure cabin, and the ability to land on short, unpaved runways. These provide the PC-24 with an edge in the very competitive and cyclical market for light business jets. The PC-24 competes with the Embraer Phenom 300, Bombardier Learjet 70/75, and Cessna Citation CJ4 and Citation XLS+ and is priced slightly lower while offering greater versatility. The 4-foot-wide cargo door makes it very useful for medevac missions and cargo transportation. Continue reading

Business Jet Market to Resume Positive Growth Trend

By Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

Cessna Longitude.

Cessna Longitude.

Although business jet production is unlikely to match the skyrocketing output seen in the mid-2000s any time soon, Forecast International’s Platinum Forecast System® shows that a total of 13,252 business jets will be produced during the 15-year period from 2016 through 2030.  The value of this production is estimated at a staggering $360 billion in FY16 U.S. dollars. Continue reading