The aircraft is currently undergoing a program of post-certification tests with special emphasis on unpaved runway operations and recently spent two weeks at Woodbridge Airfield – to the north east of London – which offers optimum test conditions to put the PC-24’s landing and take-off capabilities through their paces. Watch as the PC-24 makes its first landing on unpaved roadway!
From the outset, the PC-24 was designed for “off road” operations. Its outstanding performance on short unpaved runways opens up an incredible degree of flexibility and new opportunities. The PC-24 provides access to almost twice as many airports worldwide compared to other jets currently available on the market.
Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of Pilatus, is delighted: “What a picture – the PC-24 in the toughest conditions, using an unpaved runway for the first time! This sort of mission would not be conceivable without the PC-24’s rugged landing gear, clever flap systems and special wing design. The PC-24 was designed with exactly this sort of operation in mind – that’s Swiss engineering at its very best.”