JEROEN VOGELAAR: Aviation Photographs

Pilatus PC-21

Pilatus PC-21's HB-HWS and HB-HWT Royal Saudi Air Force

The Pilatus PC-21 is a single-turboprop, low wing swept monoplane advanced trainer with a stepped tandem cockpit manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland.

  • Role: Advanced Trainer aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Pilatus Aircraft
  • Designer: Pilatus Aircraft
  • First flight: 1 July 2002
  • Introduction: April 2008
  • Status: Active service
  • Number built: 100 February 20, 2015
  • Developed from: Pilatus PC-7, Pilatus PC-9

Pilatus PC-21 HB-HZD Pilatus Aircraft Prototype

Military Operators

  • Royal Qatar Air Force
  • Royal Saudi Air Force
  • Republic of Singapore Air Force
  • Swiss Air Force
  • United Arab Emirates Air Force

Pilatus PC-21 A-103 Pilotenschule Swiss Air Force

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two (student & instructor)
  • Length: 11.233 m (36 ft 11 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.108 m (29 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 3.749 m (12 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 15.221 m² (163.848 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 2,270 kg (5,005 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 3,100 kg (aerobatic) / 4,250 kg (utility) (6,834 lb (aerobatic) / 9,370 lb (utility))
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68B Turboprop engine, 1,200 kW (1,600 shp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 685 km/h (370 knots, 428 mph)
  • Stall speed: 170 km/h (92 knots, 106.25 mph) gear and flaps up (20 km/h less with flaps and gear down)
  • Range: 1,333 km (720 nm, 828 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 11,580 m (38,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 1,219 m/min (4,000 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 208 kg/m² (42.7 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass: 0.39 kW/kg (0.23 hp/lb)

Armament

  • Hardpoints: Provisions provided for 4× under-wing and 1× centerline external store stations, capable of mounting up to 1,150 kg (2,540 lb) of payload of air-to-ground weapons to operate in the Counter-insurgency role.