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Pilatus PC-6 Porter / Turbo-Porter
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter - HB-FKP - Swissboogie
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter
HB-FKP (sn 877)
Swissboogie
Photo taken Aug. 2009
Dittingen Airfield - Switzerland (LSPD)
Photo Copyright
Marcel Siegenthaler
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter - HB-FLK - Skydive Grenchen
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter
HB-FLK (sn 779)
Skydive Grenchen
Photo taken Mar. 2008
Grenchen Airport - Switzerland (ZHI / LSZG)
Photo Copyright
Marcel Siegenthaler
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter - D-FSWB - Swissboogie
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter
D-FSWB (sn 863)
Swissboogie Parapro SA
Photo taken Aug. 2009
Biel-Kappelen Airport - Switzerland (LSZP)
Photo Copyright
Marcel Siegenthaler
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H2M - Turbo Porter - V-633 - Swiss Air Force
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H2M Turbo Porter
V-633 (sn 757)
Swiss Air Force PC-6 at the "2009 Dittinger Flugtage"
Photo taken Aug. 2009
Dittingen Airport - Switzerland (LSPD)
Photo Copyright
Marcel Siegenthaler
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter - HB-FMH - Scenic Air
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter
HB-FMH (sn 894)
Scenic Air
Image taken Mar. 2008
Reichenbach Airport, Switzerland
(LSGR)
Photo Copyright
Marcel Siegenthaler
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter France Army Turbo Prop Aircraft
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter
887 / MCA (sn 887)
France - Army
Photo taken June 29, 2007
Koksijde Airport, Belgium (EBFN)
Photo Copyright & Thanks to
Tom Houquet
Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter Mount Cook Airline ZK-MCN
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter
ZK-MCN (sn 824)
Mount Cook Airline
Photo taken February 05, 2007
Mount Cook Airport, New Zealand (MON / NZMC)
Photo Copyright & Thanks to
Richard Vandervord
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter Para-Centro SA Locarno HB-FKH
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter
HB-FKH (sn 865)
Para-Centro SA Locarno
Photo taken August 2007
Buochs (Stans), Switzerland (LSMU / LSZC)
Photo Copyright & Thanks to
Jerome Zbinden
www.airimage.ch.vu
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter OE-EMD sn 928 The Flying Bulls - Red Bull Single Engine TurboProp Aircraft
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter
OE-EMD (sn 928)
The Flying Bulls / Red Bull
Photo taken April 08, 2006
Zell am See, Austria (LOWZ)
Photo Copyright & Thanks to
A. Prokop

The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a civilian utility aircraft built by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland.

Design and development

The first prototype made its maiden flight on 4 May 1959 powered by a 254 kW (340-shp) piston engine. The first Turbo Porter, powered by a turboprop, flew in 1961. The Turbo Porter received an engine upgrade in 1963, which increased its power to its present value of 410 kW (550-shp).

In the United States, the Porter was manufactured under license by Fairchild Hiller. In service with the U.S. Air Force, it received the designation AU-23A Peacemaker. In U.S. Army use, it was designated UV-20 Chiricahua.

Operational history

The PC-6 is noted for its Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) performance on almost any type of terrain - it can take-off within a distance of 195 metres (640 ft) and land within a distance of 130 metres (427 ft) while carrying a payload of 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) (The length of a soccer field is enough, Pilatus test pilots were able to land on not much more than 50 metres (164 ft) of space). Thanks to its STOL performance, the PC-6 holds the world record for highest landing by a fixed wing aircraft, at 5,750 metres (18,865 ft), on the Dhaulagiri glacier in Nepal.

Variants

PC-6 Porter
Initial production version, powered by a 254-kW (340-hp) Avco Lycoming GSO-480-B1A6 flat-six piston engine.

PC-6/350
Improved version of the PC-6, powered by a 261-kW (350-hp) Avco Lycoming IGO-540-A1A piston engine.

PC-6/A Turbo-Porter
Initial turboprop powered version, fitted with a 320-kW (523-shp) Turbomeca Astazou IIE or IIG turboprop engine.

PC-6/A1 Turbo-Porter
This 1968 version was powered by a 427-kW (573-shp) Turbomeca Astazou XII turboprop engine.

PC-6/A2 Turbo-Porter
This 1971 version was powered by a 427-kW (573-shp) Turbomeca Astazou XIVE turboprop engine.

PC-6/B Turbo-Porter
This version was powered by a 410-kW (550-shp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-6A turboprop engine.

PC-6/B1 Turbo-Porter
Similar to the PC-6/B, but fitted with a 410-kW (550-shp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20 turboprop engine.

PC-6B2-H2 Turbo-Porter
Fitted with a 507-kW (680-shp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 turboprop engine.

PC-6/C Turbo-Porter
One prototype built by Fairchild Industries in the USA, powered by a 429-kW (575-shp) Garrett TPE331-25D turboprop engine.

PC-6/C1 Turbo-Porter
Similar to the PC-6/C, but fitted with a 429-kW (575-shp) Garrett TPE 331-1-100 turboprop engine.

PC-6/C2-H2 Porter
Developed by Fairchild Industries in the USA. It was powered by a 485-ekW (650-ehp) Garrett TPE 331-101F turboprop engine.

PC-6/D-H3 Porter
One prototype, fitted with a 373-kW (500-hp) avco Lycoming turbocharged piston engine.

AU-23A Peacemaker
Armed gunship, counter-insurgency, utility transport version for the U.S. Air Force. It was used during the Vietnam War in the early 1970s. 35 were built under licence in the USA by Fairchild Industries. All aircraft were sold to Royal Thai Air Force.

UV-20A Chiricahua
STOL utility transport version for the U.S. Army. Two UV-20As were based in West Berlin during the 1970s and 1980s.

PC-8 Twin Porter
Twin-engined version flown in 1967, but not subsequently developed.

Operators

Military operators
Algeria

Angola

Argentina

Austria
- Austrian Air Force

Australia
- Australian Army Aviation - 19 Turbo-Porters were in service with Australian Army from 1968 to 1992. 6th Aviation Regiment (Australia), 173rd Surveillance Squadron (Australia), No. 161 Independent Reconnaissance Flight, No. 163 Independent Reconnaissance Flight, No. 171 Air Cavalry Flight, School Army Aviation

Bolivia

Burma (Myanmar)

Chad

Colombia

Ecuador

France

Iran

Israel
- Israeli Air Force. 100 Squadron

Mexico

Nepal

Oman

Peru

Slovenia
- Slovenian Air Force and Air Defence

Switzerland
- Swiss Air Force

Thailand
- Royal Thai Air Force. Bureau of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation

United States
- United States Air Force. United States Army

Law Enforcement operators
Malaysia
- Royal Malaysian Police
South Africa
- South African Police Service

Civil operators
Nepal
- Yeti Airlines

New Zealand
- Mount Cook Airlines

Slovenia
- AvioFun klub Koroška

United States
- Air America

Specifications (PC-6 B2 Turbo-Porter)

General characteristics
Crew: one, pilot
Capacity: up to ten passengers
Payload: 1530 kg (3,366 lb)
Length: 11.00 m (36 ft 1 in (11.00 m))
Wingspan: 15.9 m (52 ft (16 m))
Height: 3.20 m (10 ft 6 in)
Wing area: 28.8 m² (310 ft²)
Empty weight: 1270 kg (2,800 lb)
Loaded weight: 2800 kg (6,173 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 2,770 kg (6,108 lb)
Powerplant: 1× Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 turboprop, 410 kW (550 shp)

Performance
Maximum speed: 244 km/h (153 mph)
Cruise speed: 125 knots (232 km/h (TAS))
Stall speed: 58 knots (52 knots flaps extended)
Range: 1,612 km (870 nm)
Service ceiling: 8,197 m (25,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 331 m/min (1,010 ft/min)

Last updated December 20, 2009
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