Pilatus makes heavy-lifting and all-around awesome aircraft. Last month, they rolled out their first production prototype jet, the PC-24. This isn't your typical business jet - here are 9 reasons why.
1) Unpaved runways and grass strips
The PC-24 can takeoff from unimproved runways - that's almost unheard of for aircraft like this. Most business jets stick to pavement because FOD can (and will) destroy their engines.
2) Pallet-sized cargo door
Need to haul big stuff? The PC-24 has a cargo door that can fit a pallet through it. No other business jet comes close.
3) 1,950 nautical mile range
Need to get from New York to 90% of the US on one tank of gas? This jet makes it happen.
4) 45,000 feet
You can get above the weather and catch some major tailwinds at FL450.
5) 30 minute time to climb
You can get to 45,000 feet in a hurry, too.
6) Synthetic vision
This PC-24 helps you see the ground, even when you can't see the ground.
Flying is easier when you aren't constantly adjusting power. Autothrottles let PC-24 pilots spend more time looking at the bigger picture (and out those big windows).
8) 17,650 pound max takeoff weight
The PC-24 can haul nearly 9 tons of airplane and payload into the air.
9) 2,690 foot takeoff roll
This stat is just incredible. With 7,200 pounds of thrust, the PC-24 can get in and out of tight spaces better than any of its competitors. No other business jet has a takeoff roll this short.
(ISA MTOW sea level dry paved runway)
If you had the keys to this jet, where would you take it?