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  • Mary Grady

 

Swiss Made
With twin-jet performance and reliability, a roomy cabin, a huge cargo door, and the ability to take off from and land on short runways or even packed-dirt landing strips, the new Pilatus PC-24(877.578. 8583, www.pilatus-aircraft.com) is the Swiss Army knife of aircraft. This is the first jet from Pilatus, the 74-year-old manufacturer headquartered in Stans, Switzerland. The aircraft, which can be flown by a single pilot, has a range of 2,200 miles, and it cruises at 489 mph. That is more than 150 mph faster than the cruise speed of the company’s popular PC-12 NG turboprop.

Deliveries of the PC-24 are on track to begin in 2017. Pilatus will start taking orders for the $8.9 million jet early next year.

The 500-cubic-foot cabin of the PC-24 is the roomiest in the light-jet category and the only one with a flat floor. It carries as many as 10 passengers in seats that can be added or removed in just a few minutes. The cabin’s aft partition is easy to move, so travelers can choose how much space to allocate for cargo, which they can access during flights.

The jet is agile enough to land on runways as short as 2,525 feet, which gives it access to small airports that may be closer to travelers’ destinations.

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