In a ceremony held last week at Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd in Broomfield, Colorado, the first production PC-24 twin jet was handed over to U.S. customer PlaneSense. The aircraft is the first of six PC-24s which PlaneSense has on order with Pilatus.
Since 1996, PlaneSense has successfully specialized in offering fractional ownership transportation service with the single engine turboprop PC-12. PlaneSense, currently operating 36 PC-12s, will continue to acquire and operate the single, and will use the PC-24 to expand their product offering. In addition to the larger cabin and faster speed, PlaneSense will take advantage of the PC-24’s unique cargo door, short field performance, and ability to land on grass runways. George Antoniadis, PlaneSense founder, President and CEO, stated at the ceremony: “Our share owners have enjoyed the ability to travel in and out of smaller airports with the PC-12. The PC-24 is the only jet that will be able to access many of these same airports.”
PlaneSense pilots were among the first class to earn type ratings in the PC-24 at FlightSafety International’s Dallas Learning Center, where the first full-motion, Level-D, PC-24 simulator is based. FlightSafety is also the official provider of PC-24 maintenance training. Antoniadis finished his speech: “The PC-24 will demonstrate its versatile short field capability at high altitude airports, such as Telluride in Colorado. There will be times when the PC-24 is the only jet that can operate out of some runways.”