Pilatus Aircraft is venturing into a new market segment by launching the PC-24, a single-pilot, midsize twin-turbofan aircraft that will be able to operate from short, unpaved fields yet cruise at 425 kt. The Swiss manufacturer says the model creates a “Super Versatile Jet” segment; its closest conventional competitor is the Embraer Phenom 300. Similar to the Brazilian jet, the PC-24 will use aluminum alloys for the primary airframe, limiting composites to secondary structures. To ...

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