Off-Road Private Jets for Remote Destinations

Last week, the Pilatus PC-24 began testing for landing on imperfect surfaces, such as unpaved runways. As the PC-24 will be able to land at more remote destinations, Pilatus hopes to offer the aircraft of choice for far-fetched adventurers.

The first official landing on an unpaved runway was at Woodbridge Airfield, just northeast of London.

The Pilatus PC-24 made its first official unpaved landing last week. Image: Pilatus

The Pilatus PC-24 made its first official unpaved landing last week. Image: Pilatus

The Swiss manufacturer aims to put its self-proclaimed “Super Versatile Jet” through testing in order to obtain a special “Rough Field” certification, which will enable it to land on an array of difficult runways.

Rough runway landings can be quite tricky for both the crew and aircraft itself. However, many remote destinations only have small airports or uneven runways, so this certification opens the way for more integrated connectivity.

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We take a closer look at the Pilatus PC-24 and other aircraft that allow for more adventurous flight:

1) The Pilatus PC-24

For a quick look, we filmed a tour of the newest Pilatus model:

With a first-round production run of 84 aircraft, the Pilatus PC-24 is proving popular among private jet travelers.

With its stylish interior and matching powerhouse range and speed, the PC-24 is predicted to be an incredibly popular aircraft for charter flights in both the leisure and business markets.

To illustrate its potential use for rough runway landings, the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia will start using the aircraft for medical evacuation (“medevac“) flights next year.

The PC-24 also features an unusually large cargo door, making it a marketable difference among its competitors (like the Embraer Phenom 300).

2) The Pilatus PC-12

The predecessor to the PC-24, the Pilatus PC-12 is a reliable workhorse aircraft.

The Pilatus PC-12 can land on a wide variety of runways.

The Pilatus PC-12 can land on a wide variety of runways.

The PC-12 has the ability to take off and land in short distances, further aiding its uneven runway capabilities. (reword?)

As a single-engine turboprop, the 9-seat PC-12 is often a more cost-effective option that its rival small jets.

3) The BN-2 Islander

The airborne equivalent of a Land Rover, the BN-2 Islander is one of the world’s most successful turboprop aircraft, with over 750 in operation worldwide.


One of the world’s most popular commercial aircraft, the rugged BN-2 Islander.

Versatile, durable, and adaptable, the BN-2 Islander has an impeccable reputation for widening the range of travel destinations for its ability to land in shallow water, grass, and even dirt runways.

It is one of the few aircraft that can land at Barra’s famous beach runway. It is also a popular aircraft for Caribbean island-hopping.

4) The Cessna 208 Grand Caravan & its Seaplane Adaptation

The Cessna 208 Grand Caravan was designed to land almost anywhere.


The Grand Caravan has versatile tires and sturdy landing gear to allow for rough landings.

It has the option to adapt into a seaplane, with additional amphibious floats allowing the aircraft to land on water.

grand caravan amphibian

The amphibian adaption of the Grand Caravan offers the option to fish, snorkel, or pull up next to another vessel.

This makes the Grand Caravan extremely popular in the Caribbean, where it can land adjacent to yachts or sailboats. It can carry between 9-13 passengers.

Whether you’re looking to land on the dirt runway or on the water in the Bahamas, PrivateFly can advise and charter on the right aircraft for your trip.

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