Bright start to 2017 for PC-21 sales

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Pi­la­tus Air­craft opened the New Year with sales of 21 PC-21 tur­bo­prop train­ers. Two will come to the UK for Qine­tiq Test Air­crew Train­ing, re­plac­ing Har­vards, re­tire­ment of the last of which we re­ported in Fe­bru­ary’s ‘Old Timers’ column.

The French Ar­mée de l’air has or­dered seven­teen PC-21S, and the Royal Jor­da­nian Air Force has ex­er­cised an op­tion for two, which will bring its to­tal fleet to ten. The French or­der is the sec­ond ma­jor sale to a Euro­pean air arm (af­ter the PC-21’S na­tive Switzer­land). Os­car J Sch­wenk, Pi­la­tus Chair­man of the Board of Di­rec­tors, com­mented, “I am de­lighted we have fi­nally won an­other Euro­pean air force for our PC-21. An ex­cep­tion­ally rig­or­ous se­lec­tion process based on the strictest of cri­te­ria pro­vides fur­ther proof that the PC-21 is the first choice world­wide for train­ing mil­i­tary pi­lots… Th­ese or­ders in­cluded, we will soon have a to­tal of 209 PC-21S fly­ing suc­cess­fully from bases around the world. I’m con­fi­dent that other Euro­pean air forces will fol­low France’s ex­am­ple.”

PC-21S over the Alps — Dave Un­win’s flight test of the Swiss tur­bo­prop trainer ap­peared in Pi­lot, Oc­to­ber 2014

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