Bright start to 2017 for PC-21 sales
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