Fractional aircraft ownership provider PlaneSense yesterday welcomed the arrival of the second Pilatus PC-24 to its fleet. The twin-engine light jet, tail number N125AF, is part of the company’s initial order of six and comes little more than a year after PlaneSense accepted its first, which has been flying shareowners since March. In that time, it has visited 250 airports in six countries.
"With the very first Pilatus PC-24 jet in the world, we have experienced a steep maturing curve," George Antoniadis, president and CEO of the New Hampshire-based company told AIN, adding the airplane continues to exceed PlaneSense' expectations as a versatile and reliable addition to its program fleet. "Pilatus has been an extremely resourceful partner in this entry-into-service experience. As with any first production aircraft, one would expect the need to address minor “squawks.” We have been pleasantly surprised by the small number of needed changes and with how quickly they are being systematically resolved.”
Twelve company pilots have thus far earned PC-24 type ratings, while 11 of PlaneSense's maintenance technicians have completed specialized training to service the airplane, as N125AF is expected to enter service by the end of the month.
“Our clients have greatly enjoyed the expansive cabin and the conveniences afforded by jet travel,” said Antoniadis. “This jet, and each consecutive aircraft, will allow us to meet the growing demand for more PC-24 shares.”
The third PC-24 in the order is expected to arrive next month, with two more coming in the fall and one more early next year.