Grand Rapids, Michigan-based charter operator Otter Air Services has welcomed a new Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to its growing fleet of aircraft. It is now officially onboarded and FAA-certified for charter services. This aircraft will be joined by a second brand new PC-24 in December.
“These aircraft will perfectly complement our fleet of PC-12 NGXs, expanding our service area and versatility,” says chief operating officer Josh Reckley. “Our customers can now choose the best airplane for the mission. Previously, we’ve flown distances exceeding 1,000nm with our PC-12s, and while the aircraft are happy to do it, the PC-24 will greatly shorten flight times on longer trips while offering a spacious and quiet cabin experience. With their best-in-class runway performance, we can greatly expand the amount of serviceable airports, cutting down on time and logistics for our customers.“
Safety is paramount at Otter so when choosing the fleet layout, the PC-24 was a natural choice. Otter’s Pilatus PC-12 NGXs share flight decks with the PC-24, which not only enhances safety, but it also makes their pilots happier since they’re able to switch seamlessly and safely between the two types. All flight decks feature enhancements such as TCAS II, TAWS A, upgraded radar, Runway Awareness and Advisory System, and of course synthetic vision.
"Customers love the modern cabin with diamond-stitched seats, complimentary wi-fi, wine, spirits and branded specialty snacks, and have expressed great eagerness to fly on the new airplanes," he adds.
"The PC-24 takes everything customers love about the PC-12 and brings it to the next level. Otter is able to fly more customers and baggage higher, faster and with more room than any other light jet, while retaining the economics of those smaller cabin jets and the short take off/landing performance of the PC-12."
Otter is hiring captains for the new aircraft and more information can be found on the careers page at www.flyotter.com/careers.