The first PC-21 Australian Defence Forces carried out its first flight. This is the first of 49 ordered aircraft PC-21. The flight was made at the factory Airport of Pilatus in Stans, Switzerland. It was realized only seven months after signing the contract.
The contract was signed in December 2015. The aircraft PC-21 are intended for general preparation of all Australian military pilots – Air Force and Navy. A total of 49 basic training aircraft PC-21 will be delivered. They will be operated at the airfields of the Australian Air Force. Pilatus will also deliver the majority of the ground training equipment as well as the equipment for system maintenance and repair.
The first machine with registration A54-001 will be forwarded to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in June 2017 after the completion of ground and flight tests and trials both in Switzerland and in Australia.
Pilatus started developing the PC-21 in 1999 and the first flight of the first prototype was on July 1, 2002. It’s an advanced single-engine trainer aircraft. The PC-21 has a stepped tandem cockpit and a 1,600 shaft horse power Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68B turboprop engine. The integrated simulation and training suite is a key feature of the trainer.