The PC-24, made by Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft, is reportedly a natural fit for PlaneSense - and not just because the company already owns a large number of Pilatus turboprop PC-12s. Image source: Reuters
A private airplane might seem unnecessary and unreasonable, but there are a few compelling reasons to fly private - at least, if you or your business can afford it, as it provides flexibility. While this can be a convenience for most private flyers, it can also be essential for someone with constantly changing business needs and demands, said a Business Insider report.
Owning a plane will require a major investment of time, energy, and resources, but through fractional ownership one can get rid of those responsibilities. This is a new trend and such facilities are extended by PlaneSense, which provides fractional aircraft ownership.
According to Business Insider, "fractional aircraft ownership basically means instead of owning an aircraft outright and having to manage maintenance, operations, staffing, licensing, and so on, you own a share of an aircraft which is managed by a company like PlaneSense. After purchasing the shares, you simply pay a monthly maintenance fee, and an hourly fee when you're onboard the plane - that covers fuel and staff.""
PlaneSense, which was founded in 1995, has reportedly more than 40 aircraft in flight. The average age of the fleet is under five years, because PlaneSense frequently purchases new planes, and sells older ones on the second-hand market in an effort to keep its fleet top-of-the-line, the report said.
PlaneSense has had a couple of lite jet aircraft, but until recently has focused on turboprop - or propeller - planes. In February, however, the company took ownership of a brand new jet, the first one of its model to ever be delivered, said the BI report.
The PC-24, made by Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft, is reportedly a natural fit for PlaneSense - and not just because the company already owns a large number of Pilatus turboprop PC-12s.
Although it's powered by jet engines and has the speed, range, and maximum altitude associated with similar jets, the plane is able to land on and take-off from much shorter runways than any other jet - more like a flexible propeller plane.
Recently, PlaneSense invited Business Insider and other outlets to tour the PC-24 and take a demo flight. The plane, which is equipped with speedy air-to-ground Wi-Fi, was reportedly comfortable for a light jet, and was quite impressive - especially on those short take-offs and landings.
Here's a look at the world's first PC-24, and what it's like to fly private, according to Business Insider.
1. This PC-24 — registration N124AF — was the first one ever delivered. PlaneSense took delivery in February this year, and, following testing, pilot training, and certification, began flying it for customers on March 30.
2. It's the first of a new class of airplane called "Super Versatile Jets," or "SVJ," according to Pilatus.
3. It earns the "SVJ" moniker because it's able to land and take-off on shorter and more rugged runways than similar jets — it can even safely land on non-paved surfaces like dirt, grass, or gravel.
4. An "SVJ" combines the versatility of a turboprop plane with the speed, range, and performance of a jet. The PC-24's large-slotted, high-lift producing flap system means that it can fly low and slow like a propeller plane — it has an incredibly slow stall speed of 81 knots — which enables it to use those shorter runways.
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5. The plane is powered by two Williams International FJ44-4A engines, mounted high up on the aft fuselage just under the aircraft's T-Tail.
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