Pilatus Switserland

Pilatus PC-9 Trainer

Pilatus PC-9 Trainer

Switserland Aircraft

Pilatus PC-9 Trainer

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The Pilatus PC-9 is a single-engine, low-wing tandem-seat turboprop training aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland.

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The Pilatus PC-9 is a single-engine, low-wing tandem-seat turboprop training aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. Designed as a more powerful evolution of the Pilatus PC-7, the PC-9’s first flight was made in May 1984 after which certification was achieved in September 1985. After this, the first production orders for the type were received from the Royal Saudi Air Force, with deliveries commencing in 1985. Since then, more than 250 airframes have been produced across five different variants and the type is employed by a number of military and civilian operators around the world, including the Swiss Air Force, the Croatian Air Force, and the Royal Thai Air Force.

Operational History

The first production aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) flew on 19 May 1987, under the Australian designation PC-9/A.

Condor of Germany uses 10 examples of the target-towing variant.

In August 2015, Pilatus received a contract to deliver nine PC-9Ms to the Royal Jordanian Air Force, but in April 2016 changed the order to eight PC-21s. Deliveries were due to start in January 2017 under the original deal.[1]

The United States Army operated three PC-9s from 1991–1996 as chase and test aircraft, they eventually were sold to Slovenia in 1995

RoleBasic/Advanced Trainer aircraft
National originSwitzerland
ManufacturerPilatus Aircraft
Hawker de Havilland
First flight7 May 1984
StatusActive service
Primary usersSwiss Air Force
Slovenian Air Force and Air Defence
Royal Saudi Air Force
Royal Thai Air Force
Produced1984–present
Number built265
Developed fromPilatus PC-7
Developed intoT-6 Texan II

 

Operators

Former military operators

 Australia
 
 

RAAF PC-9 operated by 2FTS

 United States

General characteristics

  • Crew: one or two pilots
  • Length: 10.14 m (33 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.125 m (33 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 3.26 m (10 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 16.29 m2 (175.3 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,725 kg (3,803 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,350 kg (5,181 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 3,200 kg (7,055 lb) 

    A view of the interior of the cockpit of a Pilatus PC-9 aircraft.

  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop, 857 kW (1,149 hp) flat-rated at 708 kW (950 shp)

Performance

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 593 km/h (368 mph, 320 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 556 km/h (345 mph, 300 kn) at 7,620 m (25,000 ft)
  • Stall speed: 143 km/h (89 mph, 77 kn) EAS flaps and gear up, 128 km/h (80 mph; 69 kn) flaps and gear down
  • Range: 1,537 km (955 mi, 830 nmi)
  • Endurance: 4 hr 30 min
  • Service ceiling: 11,580 m (37,990 ft)
  • g limits: + 7.0 g to −3.5 g
  • Rate of climb: 20.8 m/s (4,090 ft/min)
  • Take-off distance over 50 ft (15 m) obstacle at sea level: 1,280 ft (391 m)
  • Landing distance over 50 ft (15 m) obstacle at sea level: 2,295 ft (700 m)

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