Pilatus Flight test engineer Guy Lynch, project test pilot Theddy Spichtig and VP PC-24 Jet Andre Zimmerman celebrate the Wednesday-only appearance of the second PC-24 flight-test aircraft at NBAA.

Zimmerman was all smiles, saying that the aircraft has been meeting or beating performance projections. The first two flight-test aircraft have logged 1,040 hours with no unpleasant surprises. Design freeze was reached in late September.

Officials are confident that Pilatus will earn EASA type certification in third quarter 2017 for the $8.9 million light jet, paving the way for first customer deliveries by the end of the year.