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Briefing July 2013 Issue

Briefing: July 2013

A New Twinjet From Pilatus

Pilatus, the Swiss company best known for their versatile PC-12 turboprop, announced in May they are working on their first jet aircraft. The PC-24 is powered by two Williams turbine engines and will be able to use short and even unpaved runways. The cabin can be fitted with six to ten seats. A big cargo door will be standard. The company has designed its own “Advanced Cockpit Environment” system, which aims to reduce workloads for a single pilot. The jet project began last summer and work on the prototype “is in full swing” in Switzerland, the company said. First flight is expected by the end of 2014, with deliveries to start in 2017, at a price of about $9 million. The company said the program is fully funded from its own resources.

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