The Pilatus PC-24 became the first business jet to land on Goodwood Aerodrome's grass strip when it arrived for this week's Festival of Speed show.

PC-24 Shows Versatility with Grass Strip Touchdown

Business aircraft don’t get more rugged than this.

The Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet turned heads at the recent Festival of Speed show at Goodwood Aerodrome in southern England when it became the first business jet to land on the rural site’s 2,621-foot grass runway. The Swiss manufacturer is in the process of getting the PC-24 certified for operations on grass, with the super-midsize twinjet having already been approved for dirt and gravel runways by both the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the FAA.

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According to Pilatus, the PC-24’s short-and-unpaved landing capability allows it to operate from almost twice as many airports as comparably sized jets. The aircraft also is approved for steep approach, such as the 5.5-degree approach to London City Airport.