YouTube – Pilatus PC-21
trainer / light attack
about $9.0 million
one pilot + student
Pratt & Whitney
36 ft. 10 in.
29 ft. 11 in.
The Pilatus PC-21 is an entirely new aircraft, resembling and based on its predecessors, the PC-7 and PC-9. The concept for the new aircraft was tested by making modifications on its predecessor in late 1997. Work on the new design began in 1999 with the new Pilatus PC-21 taking flight in July of 2002.The Pilatus PC-21 is the most aerodynamic training aircraft produced by Pilatus to date. It features an air conditioned, pressurized glass cockpit with the latest avionics, and a digitally managed 1,600 s.h.p. turboprop engine, the most powerful engine Pilatus has ever installed in a training aircraft. The Pilatus PC-21 has been designed for ease of maintenance, economical operation, and low noise levels. Its propeller has five blades.
The manufacturer says that new pilots can go directly from the Pilatus PC-21 to a jet aircraft without having to use a jet trainer. The aircraft has forgiving handling for a student pilot, yet can deliver jet-like maneuverability, climb and speed. It is capable of rolling at over 200 degrees a second.
Feb. 5, 2020: Spain has contracted with Pilatus for the purchase of 24 Pilatus PC-21 aircraft, simulators, spares, and logistical support. Deliveries will start with six of the aircraft in 2020.
Some 235 Pilatus PC-21 aircraft have been produced to date. Aircraft operators include France, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Spain and Switzerland have ordered the aircraft and are awaiting deliveries.
RC Pilatus PC-21
The RC Pilatus PC-21 ARF from Skymaster Jets is 1/4 scale. Wingspan is 90 in. and length is 112 1/2 in. It is of all composites construction. Power can come from HP5 or Jet Central turboprop engines. Dry weight is around 44 lbs.
The Jet Arrows RC Pilatus PC-21 has a 44 1/2 in. wingspan with a 55 in. length. It is made for electric motor power and should weigh around 5 1/2 lbs. ready to fly.
The RC Pilatus PC-21 from FMS comes as PNP with a 3541-KV750 motor turning a 10 x 7 five blade propeller, flaps and retracts. Construction is EPO foam. Wingspan is 43 in., length is 48 1/2 in. and weight is about 3 3/4 lbs.
The Tomahawk Aviation RC Pilatus PC-21 has a 105 1/2 in. wingspan with a length of 130 in. Construction is all fiberglass/carbon. A JetSport 10 turboprop engine is recommended for power. All up weight should be about 52 lbs.
The RC Pilatus PC-21 from Phoenix Model comes as an ARF. Its wingspan is 69 1/2 in. and it is 79 1/2 in. long. The all wood constructed airplane comes with flaps and retracts. It needs your 20 to 30cc two stroke engine or the electric equivalent. Weight is approximately 15 1/2 lbs.