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Pilatus jet can take off for global market

The aircraft manufacturer Pilatus has received the type certificates for its business jet, giving it the go-ahead to proceed with the first customer delivers.

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Pilatus received the type certificates from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its PC-24 business jet. The company from Stans called this a “milestone in Swiss economic history”. The company has been developing the Super Versatile Jet for the past 11 years and officially announced the project in 2013.

“The PC-24 is the first ever Pilatus business jet. Naturally, the requirements associated with obtaining certification for this sort of aircraft are extremely rigorous, and I need hardly mention that we faced some big challenges,” said Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman at Pilatus.

With this certification, the business jet can now take off for the global market. The very first customer aircraft will be handed over to the American company PlaneSense in December. 

Pilatus invested over 500 million Swiss francs of its own funds into the project. A further 150 million francs went into buildings and state-of-the-art product machinery in order to expand series production capacity at its headquarters in Stans. Pilatus currently has eight aircraft on the assembly line, and 23 deliveries to customers are planned throughout 2018.

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