Pilatus to Reveal PC-24 Jet at EBACE

Popular turboprop maker moves into the bizjet market.

Pilatus PC-24
Pilatus PC-24
** Pilatus PC-24**

Pilatus is set to take the wraps off a new twin-engine business jet at EBACE next month, giving the public its first glimpse into what the company says will be its new flagship.

The Board of Directors at the Swiss manufacturer first approved development of the jet last summer.

While little is known about the project, Pilatus says it will be the company's "biggest, fastest, most complex aircraft yet." Industry rumors suggest the airplane will be equipped with dual Williams FJ44 engines and will feature seating for eight passengers. A cargo door has been hinted at as well, suggesting the PC-24 will follow in the footsteps of its heavy-hauler PC-12 predecessor.

In February the company reported that the PC-24 is making good progress. While operating revenues for Pilatus decreased in 2012, the company reported a large uptick in orders, and reps have previously expressed confidence that the new jet will mark another success for the company.