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PILATUS PC-7 "TURBO TRAINER"

This two-seater multi-purpose training aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland is something of a late bloomer. The prototype first took to the skies in 1966, but customer interest was so modest that it took another ten years for the aircraft to enter into mass production. It was at this point that word of the PC-7's many talents - ranging from basic training, instrument flying and aerobatics to night flying and tactical flying - quickly spread.

Today, around 20 air forces, among them also the Austrian Air Force, train their pilots on the Pilatus PC-7, and to date around 500 have been built. At AIRPOWER16, we will not only see „Turbo Trainers“ of the Austrian Air Force but also nine Pilatus aircraft flown by the PC-7 Team of the Swiss Air Force.

  • © Bundesheer / Andreas Macher

  • © Bundesheer / Markus Zinner

  • © Bundesheer / Markus Zinner

  • © Bundesheer / Markus Zinner

  • © Bundesheer / Markus Zinner

© Bundesheer / Markus Zinner

Facts & Figures

Manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft Ltd., Switzerland
In use in the AAF since 1983
Wingspan 10.40 m
Length 9.77 m
Height 3.21 m
Max. Weight 2,700 kg
Maximum speed 500 km/h
Cruising speed 330 km/h
Service ceiling 10.000 m
Engine Pratt & Whitney PT 6A-25A
Power 550 HP
Crew/Passengers 1+1
Display Flying + Static