PlaneSense welcomes its second VIP Pilatus PC-24 business jet
PlaneSense, Inc., one of the nation’s largest fractional aircraft ownership companies, on Thursday welcomed the arrival of the second Pilatus PC-24 jet to join the PlaneSense program.
The twin engine jet, assigned tail number N125AF, is the second of six in the company’s initial order from Pilatus. The program took delivery of the world’s first PC-24 last February.
"With the very first Pilatus PC-24 jet in the world, we have experienced a steep maturing curve," George Antoniadis, president and CEO of the New Hampshire-based company told AIN, adding the airplane continues to exceed PlaneSense' expectations as a versatile and reliable addition to its program fleet. "Pilatus has been an extremely resourceful partner in this entry-into-service experience. As with any first production aircraft, one would expect the need to address minor “squawks.” We have been pleasantly surprised by the small number of needed changes and with how quickly they are being systematically resolved.”
The PC-24 turboprop aircraft is a real sensation. The Swiss company presented its twin-engine turboprop novelty, which is characterized by an original combination of operational properties.
The main advantage of the PC-24 is versatility. Swiss novelty is considered to be a universal model, which has impeccably comfortable conditions for passengers of VIP-flights. The buyer has plenty to choose from, as the manufacturer offers 6 variations of the interior trim. Also worth noting is the volume luggage compartment. With tanks filled, the model is capable of delivering a cargo of 1,135 tons at a speed of 425 knots, with four passengers on board.
Due to the possibility of take-off and landing from unpaved runways, the PC-24 is available for 21 thousand airfields (besides those where business jets usually fly).
The aircraft cabin has a volume of 14 m3 and 155 cm in height, 170 cm in width, and 700 cm in length from the cockpit bulkhead to the rear pressure bulkhead. Portholes have become the largest in the midsize class. In front of the fuselage there will be a fully insulated toilet. To accommodate luggage in the cabin provides a volume of 1.4 to 2.5 m3 (depending on the layout).
Thus, there is more space in the cabin than in the Citation XLS +, but less than in the Hawker 900XP. However, unlike most midsize aircraft, the floor will be flat, and in addition to the passenger entrance, there will be a cargo hatch in the front of the fuselage at the rear. A recessed passage would add space for tall passengers, but would complicate cargo handling.
The manufacturer intends to offer six options for the layout of the cabin, providing for the placement of 4-8 pass. in the corporate version and ten in the passenger version, as well as the purely cargo and combined versions.
“Our clients have greatly enjoyed the expansive cabin and the conveniences afforded by jet travel,” said Antoniadis. “This jet, and each consecutive aircraft, will allow us to meet the growing demand for more PC-24 shares.”
The third PC-24 in the order is expected to arrive next month, with two more coming in the fall and one more early next year.