Pilatus PC-24: The World's First Off-Roading Jet

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.

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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.

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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.

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4) 45,000 feet

You can get above the weather and catch some major tailwinds at FL450.

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5) 30 minute time to climb

You can get to 45,000 feet in a hurry, too.

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6) Synthetic vision

This PC-24 helps you see the ground, even when you can't see the ground.

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7) Autothrottle

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).

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8) 17,650 pound max takeoff weight

The PC-24 can haul nearly 9 tons of airplane and payload into the air.

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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)

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If you had the keys to this jet, where would you take it?

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