PC-24 first delivery
Executives from Pilatus and PlaneSense on hand at the February 7 delivery ceremony. (Photo: PIlatus Aircraft)

PlaneSense Takes Keys to First Pilatus PC-24

The delivery ceremony followed U.S. FAA and EASA certification of the new Pilatus twinjet in December.

Pilatus Business Aircraft has formally begun deliveries of the PC-24, handing over the first to fractional-ownership provider PlaneSense during a ceremony in Broomfield, Colorado. PlaneSense, which has six of the twinjets on order, has been a Pilatus customer for 22 years and has 36 of the Swiss manufacturer’s PC-12 turboprop singles in its fleet.

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PlaneSense pilots earned type ratings in the new jet at FlightSafety International’s Dallas Learning Center, where the first full-motion, level-D, PC-24 simulator is based. FlightSafety, the official provider of PC-24 maintenance training, also has begun conducting maintenance training for PlaneSense and authorized Pilatus service center personnel as part of an integrated entry-into-service program.

PlaneSense will complete FAA requirements to add the new type to its fleet before embarking on a tour with U.S. and international locations to showcase the new aircraft.

The delivery follows U.S. FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency certification of the light jet on December 7. The Swiss manufacturer said it plans to deliver 23 PC-24s to customers this year. Launched in 2013, the $8.9 million aircraft can fly at 440 ktas, has a range of 2,035 nautical miles, and can take off on a 2,810-foot runway. The aircraft can fly up to FL450 and carry 11 passengers.