Pilatus Aircraft’s PC-24 business jet has entered the final stages of its certification programme, following the maiden sortie of its third and final test aircraft – the first in a production-standard configuration – on 6 March.
P03 – registration HB-VSA – took off from Stans at 09:45 local time for a 2h 5min flight across Switzerland.
Pilatus describes the debut flight as “another important milestone” in the PC-24’s development. It comes 22 months after the arrival of the first prototype kick-started the validation programme. Aircraft P02 joined the campaign in November 2015, and the pair have since logged more than 1,350 flying hours, the airframer says.