PILATUS PC-9 Beech
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|Tail||Regular tail, low set|
|Landing gear||Tricycle retractable|
PILATUS PC-9 Beech
Advanced trainer. In service since 1985 (T-6A since 2000). More powerful development of PILATUS PC-7 turbo trainer with new cockpit and tail. Major operators in Europe, Asia and Africa. In Germany operating 10 PC-8Bs as target towings. Further development by RAYTHEON, United States, T-6A Texan II for US Air Force and US Navy (700 aircraft). Export customers of T-6A are Canada (24 aircraft designated CT-156 Harvard II) and Greece (45 aircraft).
|Wing span||10.1 m33.136 ft |
|Length||10.2 m33.465 ft |
|Height||3.3 m10.827 ft |
|Powerplant||PC-9: 1 x 1.150 SHP P&W PT6A-62 turbo-prop with 4 blade propeller.
T-6A: 1 x 1.708 SHP P&W PT6A-68 turbo-prop with 4 blade propeller.
(to 5000 ft)
|MACH Climb||Cruise||Initial Descent
|V2 (IAS)||kts||IAS||kts||IAS||kts||IAS||kts||MACH||TAS||300 kts||MACH||IAS||kts||IAS||kts||Vapp (IAS)||kts|
|Distance||227 m||ROC||4000 ft/min||ROC||ft/min||ROC||ft/min||ROC||ft/min||MACH||ROD||ft/min||ROD||ft/min||MCS||kts||Distance||417 m|
Accidents & Serious Incidents involving PC9
- PC9, Manoeuvring, Warbelow Germany, 2012 (On 27 September 2012, a civil-operated Pilatus PC9 facilitating military target training for ground forces sustained structural damage to one wing when it struck an Osprey whilst at high speed and low level. The aircraft immediately became uncontrollable and the pilots did not have time to activate their ejector seats before the aircraft crashed and was destroyed. The Investigation noted that there were no relevant bird strike tolerance requirements for civil aircraft and attributed the accident systemically to use of such aircraft for target training and their operation at high speeds in airspace with a high bird strike risk.)