Pilatus PC-24 Performance, Specifications and Comparisons

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Pilatus PC-24

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Pilatus PC-24 Exterior

Performance

The Pilatus PC-24 Medium jet has been manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft since 2014 and is currently in production. The cabin measures 23 feet long by 5.7 feet wide by 5.1 feet tall giving it a total cabin volume of 503 cubic feet making it comfortable for 8 passengers, with the maximum configuration seating 10. The baggage compartment can hold up to 12.9 bags assuming your average piece of luggage is less than 5 cubic feet. The Pilatus PC-24 has a maximum range (not including headwinds, high altitude, hot temperatures, or higher capacity) of 2342 miles and a maximum speed of 503 mph. Common names and abbreviations: Pilatus PC-24, PC-24, PC24.
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Specifications

  • Category: Medium jet
  • Cabin Volume: 503 cubic feet
  • Baggage Volume: 90 cubic feet
  • Max Speed: 503 mph
  • Range: 2342 miles
  • Fuel Burn: 130 gph
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Pilatus PC-24 Interior

History

For many years, Pilatus has been the benchmark of European exceptionalism in the aviation industry. They have been a producer of high performance turbine-powered aircraft for a wide variety of different missions. From their ultra-robust PC-6 Porter STOL performer of Air America lore, to the market-dominating PC-12 single (1,700 units and counting), to their nimble PC-21 trainer which trains thousands of budding military pilots the world over. But now they have come up with a real, genuine gamechanger: the PC-24.

A Whole New Category

The PC-24 is far more than just a pretty face for the traditionally robust namesake of Pilatus. It is not just a carbon copy of a Citation; no, it is more of an iconoclast than a direct competitor. The PC-24 ushers in an entirely new breed of personal jet and private jet, one with the performance you expect from a compact biz jet, but with a twist: the PC-24 is designed to operate places where traditionally only propeller-driven aircraft could, i.e, grass strips, dirt and gravel runways, and so on. Enter the Super Versatile Jet. Manufacturing began in 2014 and continues to this day.

Comparisons

So, how does the PC-24 compare to its competitors? This is actually a tough question because it has so many competitors. During the two critical phases of takeoffs and landings, it competes with turboprop aircraft, but once in the air it competes with other jets.

Short-field and Rough-field Competition

The Beechcraft King Air 350i is the most similar in terms of payload and capacity to the PC-24. However, the PC-24 gets off the ground in about 400’ less than the turboprop! Once it has departed, the PC-24 can travel 200nm farther, and about 130 knots faster. In practical terms, these two aircraft can depart rural Blythe Airport (KBLH) in Western Arizona at the same time, and the PC-24 will arrive in Orlando 1,742nm later in 3:39 as opposed to 4:54 for the King Air 350i. And consider that this rural airport doesn’t really even stretch the envelope of the PC-24!

Conclusion

The PC-24 is a game changer. Imagine beating out a turboprop in short- and rough-field takeoff performance with the same ability to load palletized cargo, and then cruise 130 knots faster! Coming from a proven and highly popular manufacturer will only further the success of the PC-24, and may even spawn an entirely new subgenre of business-class jets.

Pilatus PC-24 Exterior

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