Pilatus PC-21 global fleet achieves 500,000 flight hours

PC21 fleet 500000 flight hours
Spanish Air Force PC-21 trainer aircraft.

Swiss aerospace manufacturer Pilatus recently announced that its global fleet of PC-21 trainer aircraft has reached and exceeded the historic milestone of 500,000 flight hours. Pilatus also highlighted how the advanced PC-21 system has allowed current customers to reduce training costs for future pilots by more than 50%. In addition to the aircraft, the integrated PC-21 training system includes mission planning and debriefing systems, training materials, virtual reality tools and a flight simulator.

Ioannis Papachristofilou, recently appointed VP Government Aviation at Pilatus, emphasizes: “The PC-21 provides air forces with a highly efficient platform for military pilot training. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment and smart avionics, the training aircraft delivers a high level of performance. With the PC-21, training hours can be flown with substantially less fuel, making it an exceptionally cost-effective, sustainable and intelligent training platform.”

Worldwide, the current fleet comprises almost 250 PC-21s. Customers include some of the world’s leading air forces from Europe, Australasia and the Middle East. The Spanish Air Force also trains with the PC-21. With the purchase of 16 additional PC-21s and associated simulators in March 2023, the Spanish Air force is now the largest PC-21 operator in Europe. The Swiss Air Force has successfully used the PC-21 to train its future military pilots since 2008.

Source, Image: Pilatus Aircraft

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