First landing on unpaved runway for PC-24
The Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet has made its first landing on an unpaved runway.
The aircraft is currently undergoing a programme 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.
Access to around twice as many airports
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.”
BlueSky Business Aviation News | 28th June 2018 | Issue #469
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