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!
|Fuselage lenght||9.7 m|
|Maximum take-off weight||2100 kg|
|Maximum landing weight||2100 kg|
|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|
|Maximum positive g-load||+6.0 g|
|Maximum negative g-load||-3.0 g|
|Maximum operating speed||270 KIAS|