Founded in 1939, Pilatus Aircraft is a Swiss aircraft manufacturer headquartered in Stans, Switzerland. Having mostly manufactured airplanes for niche markets and military training, Pilatus Aircraft started in 1987 the development of a single-engine turboprop airplane, the Pilatus PC-12. Since it was introduced in 1994, the Pilatus PC-12 became the best-selling pressurized, single-engine, turbine-powered aircraft in the world. In production since 2008, the PC-12NG (Next Generation) is the newest version of the Pilatus PC-12.
Pilatus’ latest model and first ever business jet, the Pilatus PC-24 took its maiden flight on May 11th, 2015 and received EASA and FAA type certification on December 7th, 2017. The PC-24 is referred to as being a Super Versatile Jet because of its large cabin size comparable to a Medium-Light Jet and its Light Jet performance.
The Pilatus PC-12 and the Pilatus PC-24 can compete with other Light Jet models such as Cessna’s Citation CJ4, Piaggo’s Avanti EVO or the Embraer Phenom 300. The first delivery of the Pilatus PC-24 took place on February 7th, 2018.