he sound of bells emanating from the cows and goats that graze in the lower parts of the picturesque valley below Mount Pilatus can’t be heard at its peak, which sits at 7,000 feet. But as I take in the view of the bright-green fields and the snowcapped Alps and breathe in the crisp high Alpine air, my mind keeps playing the soundtrack from the movie The Sound of Music. It’s almost too good to be true. It takes about five hours for an average hiker to climb from the valley floor southwest of Lucerne, Switzerland, to Pilatus’ peak. My time in Switzerland was limited, so I jumped on the train in Alpnachstad, the steepest cogwheel train in the world, which takes tourists on a relaxing 30-minute climb. The scenic peak can also be reached through a combination gondola-cable-car trip from Kriens, on the opposite side of the mountain, also a 30-minute ride. If you’d rather explore the mountain from above, the climb from Buochs Airport by Pilatus PC-24 is about one minute. The mountainous beauty that surrounds the area where the PC-24 was birthed must have helped inspire the engineers to create this stunning engineering marvel. Named the Super Versatile Jet, the PC-24 can do more than bizjet designers have ever dared to dream. Whether you want to dress it up for VIP transport, haul cargo, move medical passengers or head to the backcountry, this airplane will do it all. A backcountry bizjet? Why not? Constructed chiefly from aluminum, the PC-24 is powered by two Williams FJ44-4A turbofan engines, each producing 3,420 pounds of thrust. The flight deck of the PC-24 flows around four 12-inch displays from the Honeywell Primus Epic 2.0 family. With software designed by Pilatus, the company renamed it the Honeywell ACE, for Advanced Cockpit Environment.