The PC-24 twin-engine business jet is equipped with a cargo door.
The first ever PC-24 took off on its maiden flight on 11 May 2014 at 10:00 local time from Buochs Airport. Prototype P01, callsign HB-VXA, flew across central Switzerland for a total of 55 minutes. The flight went exactly as planned with no problems. The aircraft took off from runway 07 in just under 600 meters and climbed to 10,000 feet (approx 3000 m ) in around three minutes. Test pilot Paul Mulcahy flew the PC-24 as Pilot in Command, with second test pilot, Reto Aeschlimann. The maiden flight followed a route across Central Switzerland - from Altdorf to Brünig via Engelberg. Twelve Flight Test engineers watched the flight from the ground on a stream of real-time flight data received from the PC-24.
A total of three PC 24 prototypes were to be built and used to complete a test programs of some 2,300 hours over the next two years.
Pilatus sold 84 PC-24's in the space of just 36 hours at last year's European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) in May 2014. Certification and initial deliveries of the first aircraft were to come off the production line are planned from 2017.