Third PC-24 prototype takes first flight

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The third and final Pilatus Aircraft PC-24 prototype, P03, which also represents the series aircraft standard, took off from Buochs airfield in Switzerland on Monday March 6 at 9:45am to complete its maiden flight. The flight flew across central Switzerland for 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Following the maiden flights of the first PC-24 prototypes – P01 in May 2015 and P02 in November 2015 – the P03 completes the test fleet of PC-24 aircraft. The first two prototypes have flown a total of 1,350 hours to date, including numerous significant test flights. Certification flights will be flown with the series-conforming P03.

Certification of the PC-24 is expected in 4Q2017. Initial deliveries of the 84 pre-ordered aircraft will go ahead immediately after certification is obtained.

Edited by Michael Jones

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