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Pilatus P.6 Porter

Pilatus P.6 Porter

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Pilatus P.6 Porter


The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a single-engined STOL utility aircraft designed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland.

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Design and development


The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a single-engined STOL utility aircraft designed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. First flown in 1959, the PC-6 was produced at Pilatus Flugzeugwerke in Stans, Switzerland. It has been built in both piston engine– and turboprop-powered versions and was produced under licence for a time by Fairchild Hiller in the United States. After around 600 deliveries in six decades, Pilatus produced the last one in early 2019.

Operational History

On 4 May 1959, the first prototype, powered by a 254 kW (340 shp) piston engine, made its maiden flight.[2] In early May 1961, the first Turbo Porter, powered by a Turbomeca Astazou II turboprop engine, performed its initial flight.[3] In comparison to its earlier piston engine-powered incarnation, the Astazou II-equipped Turbo Porter had an increased gross capacity and top speed, as well as benefitting from the engine’s automatic handling functions. These benefits came at the expense of a greater initial purchase cost and higher fuel consumption.[3] Both the piston and turbine-engine versions of the PC-6 became quickly known for their Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) capabilities, requiring only a very short takeoff run before being ready for rotation prior to taking off.

RoleSTOL passenger and utility aircraft
ManufacturerPilatus Aircraft
Fairchild Aircraft
First flightPorter – 4 May 1959
Turbo-Porter – 2 May 1961.
StatusIn service
Primary usersCivil aviation
Austrian Air Force, Myanmar Air Force, Swiss Air Force
Number built595 (As of August 2017)[1]
VariantsFairchild AU-23 Peacemaker



General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: up to 10 pax / 1,130 kg (2,491 lb)
  • Length: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 15.87 m (52 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 30.15 m2 (324.5 sq ft)
  • Airfoil: NACA 64-514[59]
  • Empty weight: 1,270 kg (2,800 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,800 kg (6,173 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 turboprop engine, 410 kW (550 hp) (de-rated from 507 kW (680 hp))
  • Propellers: 3-bladed constant-speed reversible propeller



  • Maximum speed: 232 km/h (144 mph, 125 kn) [60]
  • Cruise speed: 213 km/h (132 mph, 115 kn)
  • Stall speed: 96 km/h (60 mph, 52 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 280 km/h (170 mph, 150 kn)
  • Range: 730 km (450 mi, 390 nmi) with maximum payload
  • Ferry range: 1,612 km (1,002 mi, 870 nmi) with maximum internal and underwing fuel
  • Service ceiling: 8,197 m (26,893 ft)
  • Wing loading: 93 kg/m2 (19 lb/sq ft)

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