Pilatus PC-7

The Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer, equipped with a turboprop engine, is a two seated tandem low-wing monoplane with a retractable tricycle gear, designed for military and commercial training. Both cockpits are equipped with flight and navigation instruments that allow a sophisticated instrument flight training, also in combination with the integrated autopilot.

 

The Swiss Air Force has 28 Pilatus PC-7 all of which went through a midlife update program during the years 2008 and 2009. The most noticeable modifications are a new painting in the swiss colors red and white, a modern glass cockpit, a GPS and an autopilot. These three last elements make the PC-7 fully civil IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) certified.

 

The basic training of the Swiss Air Force jet pilots is accomplished on the PC-7. It is also used during the military pilot selection, for overflights and of course by the PC-7 TEAM!

Technical details

Wingspan 10.4 m
Fuselage lenght 9.7 m
Height 3.2 m
Maximum take-off weight 2100 kg
Maximum landing weight 2100 kg

Performance

Maximum cruise speed 199 KTAS
Maximum rate of climb 2000 ft/min
Maximum endurance 140 min
Maximum range 460 NM
Take-off distance to 50 ft 480 m
Landing distance from 50 ft 460 m

Limitations

Maximum positive g-load +6.0 g
Maximum negative g-load -3.0 g
Maximum operating speed 270 KIAS