Pilatus PC-6 Porter/Turbo Porter

Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter PH-JFD of Icarus Para Club Rotterdam
Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter PH-JFD of Icarus Para Club Rotterdam

The Pilatus PC-6 success is due to providing operators with the flexibility of choice or conversion between roles. These include passenger and/or cargo transport, supply and Para dropping, photographic and aerial survey, forward support, agricultural work, search and rescue, ambulance and a variety of other missions. In addition the Pilatus PC-6? is certified to operate with amphibious or normal floats and also with skis.

The Pilatus PC-6 Porter started with a piston engine. The first PC-6/A Turbo-Porter with French Turbom?ca Astazou II turboprop power, giving vastly improved performance.?First deliveries to Air Alps, a Swiss customer and Wien Alaska Airlines got under way in 1962.

The real breakthrough for the aircraft came in 1964, when the PT6A-6A engine was fitted. The current B2-H4-model was introduced in mid 1985, featuring an enlarged dorsal fin, up-rated shock absorbers, new tail-wheel and airframe reinforcement.

Developing nation: Switzerland
Manufacturer/designer: Pilatus Aircraft AG.
Production line: Production at Stans continues at low rates.
Task: STOL (short take off and landing) utility transport.
First flight: – PC-6 Porter May 4, 1959, HB-FAN.
– PC-6/A Turbo Porter May 2, 1961, HB-FAD.
– PC-6/B Turbo Porter May 2, 1964, N187H.
– Fairchild-Hiller PC-6/C Turbo Porter October 1965, N180K.
– PC-6/D-H3 Swept tail April 3, 1970, HB-FFW.
– PC-8D Twin Porter November 28, 1967, HB-KOA.
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter
Crew: 2.
Passengers: 7 – 11.
Cabin length: 2,3 m without cockpit.
Cabin width: 1,16 m.
Cabin height: 1,18 m.
Cabin floor area: 2,67 m².
Cabin volume: 3,30 m³.
Wing Span: 18,57 m.
Wing Area: 30,15 m².
Fuselage length: 11,00 m.
Fuselage height: 3,20 m tail down.
Elevator span: 5,12 m.
Wheelbase: 7,87 m.
Wheel track: 3,00 m.
Engines: one Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 turboprop rated 410 kW.
Propeller: Hartzell HC-B3TN-3D constant speed, diameter 2,56 m.
Weight: – empty: 1.270 Kg.
– max. zero-fuel weight 2.400 kg.
– internal fuel: 508 Kg.
– external fuel: 392 Kg.
– max. payload: 1.130 Kg.
Max. take off weight: – 2.800 Kg on wheels.
– 2.699 Kg on skis.
Max. landing weight: 2.660 Kg.
Cruise speed: 213 km/h at 3.050 m.
Max. speed: 280 km/h at m.
Max. ceiling: 7.620 m.
Range: – range  926 km without external tanks.
– ferry range  1.612 km external tanks.
Performance: – max. rate of climb at sea level 287 m per minute.
– take-off run 197 m at max. take-off weight.
– landing run 127 m at max. landing weight.
g limits: -1.5 / +3.72
Underwing hardpoints: two for underwing tanks.
Extra: skis or amphibious floats.

Pilatus PC-6 production:

528 built in all versions, approximately 258 active, stored or under rebuilt 20, written-off 152 and scrapped 100.

Production by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd Switzerland: 436
Production by Fairchild-Hiller Corp. under license: 92

   Pilatus PC-6 built of each variant:
64 – PC-6, Lycoming GSO-480-B1A6.
1 – PC-6/275, Lycoming GO-480-D1A.
8 – PC-6/350, Lycoming IGO-540-A1A.
35 – PC-6/A, Turbomeca Astazou IIE / G.
6 – PC-6/A1, Turbomeca Astazou XII.
1 – PC-6/Ax, Turbomeca Astazou X.
1 – PC-6/A2, Turbomeca Astazou XIVE.
12 – PC-6/B, Pratt & Whitney PT6A-6A.
94 – PC-6/B1, Pratt & Whitney PT6A-20.
236 – PC-6/B2, Pratt & Whitney PT6A-27.
34 – PC-6/C, Garrett TPE-331-25D.
1 – PC-6/C1, Garrett TPE-331-1-100.
36 – PC-6/C2*, Garrett TPE-331-1-101F.
1 – PC-6/D-H3, Lycoming TIO-720-C1A2.
1 – PC-8D, Lycoming IO-540-G1B5.

* AU-23A.

Civil Pilatus PC-6 written-off by accidents from the year 2000:

12-03-2000 OO-FWJ PC-6/B2-H2 Paracentrum Oost Turnhout.
08-04-2000 HB-FMC PC-6/B2-H2 Imiginair.
13-06-2000 D-FDHM PC-6/C1-H2 Private.
26-06-2001 F-GUAS PC-6/B2-H2 Parachutisme 74.
01-07-2001 D-FALL PC-6/B2-H2 Pull Out Skydiving.
01-06-2002 D-FEAR PC-6/B2-H2 Private.
09-06-2002 OO-NAP PC-6/B2-H2 Namur Air Promotion.
15-08-2002 F-GLTP PC-6/B2-H2 SARL Europlane.
18-08-2002 ? PC-6 Italy?
28-08-2003 N394R PC-6C/H2 Ton Bishop (Skydive Texas)      ex Air America (CIA).
13-11-2003 F-GMMA PC-6/B2-H2 On Top Aviation.
16-07-2005 N908PL PC-6/B2-H2 GG Aircraft.
03-10-2005 N7895J PC-6/B2-H2 Vertical Air.

All pictures courtesy of Zijde Aviation Photo and Publishing.

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