Pilatus Switserland

Pilatus P.3 Trainer

Pilatus P.3 Trainer

Switserland Aircraft

Pilatus P.3 Train.


The Pilatus P-3 was a military training aircraft built by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland.

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Design and development

The Pilatus P-3 was designed for primary and advanced training (including night flying, aerobatics and instrument flying). The military version was designated P-3-03. It was of all-metal construction with a retractable tricycle undercarriage and tandem seating. There was provision for underwing racks for light practice bombs or rockets and a machine gun in a pod below the port wing.

Operational History

Operational history

The first prototype was built in 1953 and flew on 3 September, the same year. The Swiss Air Force received 72 examples of this aircraft while the Brazilian Navy acquired six. The Swiss Air Force used the P-3 as a training aircraft until 1983, although it continued to be used as a liaison aircraft for another decade. In 1993–1995, 65 ex-Swiss Air Force aircraft were sold on the private market.

RoleTrainer aircraft
ManufacturerPilatus Aircraft
First flight3 September 1953
Statusin use in private hands
Primary usersSwiss Air Force
Brazilian Navy
Number built79
Developed intoPilatus PC-7



General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 8.75 m (28 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.40 m (34 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.05 m (10 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 16.55 m2 (178.1 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 6.55:1
  • Airfoil: NACA 64A series
  • Empty weight: 1,090 kg (2,403 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,415 kg (3,120 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,500 kg (3,307 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 160 l (42 US gal; 35 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming GO-435-C2-A2 6-cylinder air-cooled four stroke horizontally opposed piston engine, 190 kW (260 hp)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed Hartzell constant-speed propeller



  • Maximum speed: 310 km/h (190 mph, 170 kn) sea level to 2,000 m (6,562 ft) at 1,500 kg (3,307 lb) AUW
  • Cruise speed: 252 km/h (157 mph, 136 kn) economical cruise275 km/h (171 mph; 148 kn) maximum cruise
  • Stall speed: 100 km/h (62 mph, 54 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 500 km/h (310 mph, 270 kn)
  • Range: 750 km (470 mi, 400 nmi) maximum in still air
  • Service ceiling: 5,500 m (18,000 ft)
  • Absolute ceiling: 5,100 m (16,732 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 7 m/s (1,400 ft/min)


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Aircrafttoaal encyclopedia

The company was established on 10 December 1939 by the armament company Oerlikon-Bührle, and construction of a new production building started in March 1940. The company was formed to do maintenance and repairs for the Swiss Air Force, the first work of the new company was assembly of EKW C-35 reconnaissance biplanes from spare parts, and overhaul work on other types