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Pilatus PC-7

Pilatus PC-7 A-912/1 PC-7 Team Swiss Air Force

The Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer is a low-wing tandem-seat training aircraft, manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. The aircraft is capable of all basic training functions including aerobatics, instrument, tactical and night flying.

  • Role: Light Trainer aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Pilatus Aircraft
  • Designer: Pilatus Aircraft
  • First flight: 12 April 1966 (prototype), 18 August 1978 (production)
  • Produced: 1966 – present
  • Status: Active service
  • Number built: 618
  • Developed from: Pilatus P-3
  • Developed into: Pilatus PC-9

Variants

  • PC-7 : two-seat basic trainer aircraft, powered by PT6A-25A engine rated at 410 kW (550 shp).
  • PC-7 Mk II is a development of the PC-9’s airframe and avionics, retaining the PC-7’s wing to mount external stores. Powered by PT6A-25C of 522 kW (700 shp) rather than more powerful PT6A-62 of PC-9.
  • NCPC-7 : upgraded version of the standard PC-7 with fully IFR glass cockpit avionics, developed for the Swiss Air Force.

Military operators

  • National Air Force of Angola: 25
  • Austrian Air Force: 16
  • Bolivian Air Force: 24
  • Botswana Defence Force Air Wing: 7 PC-7, 5 PC-7 MK II
  • Royal Brunei Air Force: 4
  • Chad Air Force: 2
  • Chilean Navy: 10
  • Guatemalan Air Force: 12
  • Indian Air Force: 75
  • Iran Air Force: 35
  • Royal Malaysian Air Force:47
  • Mexican Air Force: 88
  • Myanmar Air Force: 17
  • Royal Netherlands Air Force: 13
  • South African Air Force: 60
  • Swiss Air Force: 40 (delivered from 1979), 28 NCPC-7s in service in 2011
  • United Arab Emirates Air Force: 7
  • Uruguayan Air Force: 6

Former military operators

  • Bophuthatswana Air Force: 3
  • French Air Force: 5
  • Iraq Air Force: 52
  • Nigerian Air Force: 2
  • Surinam Air Force: 3

Specifications (PC-7)

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two, student and instructor
  • Length: 9.78 m (32 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.40 m (34 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.21 m (10 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 16.60 m² (179.0 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 1,330 kg (2,932 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 2,700 kg (5,952 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25A turboprop, 410 kW (550 shp)

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: 500 km/h (270 knots, 310 mph)
  • Maximum speed: 412 km/h (222 knots, 256 mph) (max cruise at 6,100 m (20,000 ft))
  • Stall speed: 119 km/h (64 knots, 74 mph) flaps and gear down, power off
  • Range: 2,630 km (1,420 nmi, 1,634 mi) (cruise power, at 5,000 m (16,400 ft) – 20 min reserves)
  • Service ceiling: 10,060 m (33,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 10.9 m/s (2,150 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 114.5 kg/m² (23.44 lb/ft²)

Armament

  • Hardpoints: 6 × hardpoints for bombs and rockets with a capacity of 1,040 kg (2,294 lb)