As aircraft manufacturers modify and improve their planes and jets, it allows those in the market to have a broad selection for what best meets their needs. Pilatus is now changing what many have been accustomed to in private and commercial travel, with the first business jet to land on Goodwood Aerodrome’s grass strip. Read more below about this incredible advancement that is changing our industry.
The Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet turned heads at the recent Festival of Speed show at Goodwood Aerodrome in southern England when it became the first business jet to land on the rural site’s 2,621-foot grass runway. The Swiss manufacturer is in the process of getting the PC-24 certified for operations on grass, with the super-midsize twinjet having already been approved for dirt and gravel runways by both the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the FAA.
According to Pilatus, the PC-24’s short-and-unpaved landing capability allows it to operate from almost twice as many airports as comparably sized jets. The aircraft also is approved for steep approach, such as the 5.5-degree approach to London City Airport.