Pilatus PC-6 Porter. Specifications. A photo.
Pilatus PC-6 Porter. Specifications. A photo.

Pilatus PC-6 Porter. Specifications. A photo.

Pilatus PC-6 Porter - lightweight single-engine plane designed by the Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft and built by the US company Fairchild Aircraft.

Photo Pilatus PC-6 Porter

The first development aircraft Pilatus PC-6 Porter started in the second half of 50-ies, while originally intended to use conventional piston engines, but then, just two years after the Pilatus PC-6 Porter was unveiled on the aircraft began to be established turboprop engines, providing a higher flight performance, while insignificantly changing the value of one unit.

Pilatus PC-6 Porter photos

His first flight of the aircraft Pilatus Porter PC-6 1959 carried out in the year, thus, its power unit was presented piston engine Lycoming GSO-480-B1A6 capacity 340 hp Aircraft confidently accelerated to high speeds, and thus, could carry on his board to 8 people. Among other things, Pilatus PC-6 Porter has one very important feature - to disperse and then take off, the aircraft was not required Length of the runway, which made it possible to operate the aircraft, even in difficult terrain, which is observed at the moment.

Pilatus PC-6 Porter

Cabin in essence was decorated quite simply, however, with the advent of new versions, he gradually improved and, in the end, great even for lengthy air travel.

Despite the fact that the production of aircraft Pilatus PC-6 Porter began in 1959 year and continues to the present time, the release of the aircraft is very limited - for the entire production cycle was built less than 600 units.

Cabin Pilatus PC-6 Porter

Following the emergence of the basic production version, in 1959 year, aircraft manufacturers have presented a new version - Pilatus PC-6 Porter 340-H1, has a more sophisticated system chassis and to increase the maximum weight vzlёtnym. Simultaneously with this version was presented and modification of Pilatus PC-6 Porter 340-H2, designed primarily for transporting small loads, in connection with what has been strengthened fuselage of the aircraft and increased maximum takeoff weight.

In 1960 year came to light version of the Pilatus PC-6 Porter 350, received a new, more powerful, 350 hp piston engine Lycoming IGO-540-A1A. Current modification is available in two additional versions - Pilatus PC-6 Porter 350-H1 and Pilatus PC-6 Porter 350-H2, differing mainly a maximum take-off weight.

Beginning with the 1961, the aircraft began to be equipped with turboprop engines, and the first model to introduce such an innovation was a modification of the Pilatus PC-6A Turbo Porter, which received the Turbomeca Astazou engine in 523 hp, which increased the flight performance of this air vessel, in particular the speed and maximum take-off weight.

After quite popular model turboprop in 1968 year, aeronautical engineer came to the conclusion that the plane should establish a more reliable, practical and easy to operate and maintain the engine, resulting in was a model Pilatus PC-6A1 Turbo Porter, get the engine Turbomeca Astazou XII capacity 573 hp Among other things, has been updated several passenger cabin of an aircraft, converted the central control panel, etc.

Basic Salon Pilatus PC-6 Porter

Model Pilatus PC-6A2 Turbo Porter in comparison with the previous version is almost no change has not received, except just become a new power plant Turbomeca Astazou XIVE the same capacity.

Modification of the Pilatus PC-6B Turbo Porter was equipped with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-6A engines in 550 HP. Despite the fact that the engines were less powerful than in previous versions, they were better and more reliable. Among other things, the current version of the aircraft received new avionics and an updated passenger compartment, which could accommodate up to 10 people.

Version Pilatus PC-6B1 Turbo Porter was virtually the same version of PC-6B, but the maintenance of the engine was very expensive, which is why it was decided to use another power plant, at a constant power.

The presented version of the Pilatus PC-6B2-H2 Turbo Porter received a powerful turboprop Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 (680 hp), and a variety of modifications - Pilatus PC-6B2-H4 Turbo Porter, has undergone modernization and strengthening of the fuselage airfoil in view of which flight performance of the aircraft increased.

The Pilatus PC-6C Turbo Porter model is a single prototype, with a Garrett TPE331-25D turboprop aircraft engine installed on it, with an 575 HP power output. Initially it was supposed to start a mass production of this model, however, the very high price almost immediately scared customers.

Version Pilatus PC-6C1 Turbo Porter, after the failure of the version of PC-6C, began to equip cheaper turboprop aircraft engine Garrett TPE 331-1-100 575 hp capacity, however, virtually indistinguishable from the original prototype. Almost a full analogue of the model and the version was the Pilatus PC-6C2-H2 Turbo Porter, received only as an exception to the new engine capacity of 650 hp

Aircraft Pilatus PC-6C1 Turbo Porter is a prototype unit mounted with a turboprop engine Lycoming capacity 500 hp However, in mass production of this modification has not been started.

Version AU-23A Peacemaker is a special modification designed for the needs of the Air Force. The aircraft could be used as a combat unit, and as a transport aircraft.

OV-12 - stub military version of Pilatus PC-6 Porter.

Modification of UV-20A Chiricahua is a military version of the airplane to arrange transportation.

Specifications Pilatus PC-6 Porter.

  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 10 people (depending on version);
  • aircraft Length: 11 m (depending on version).
  • Wingspan: 15,87 m (depending on version).
  • Plane Height: 3,2 m (depending on version).
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 1270 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 1530 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 2800 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 213 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 280 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 1612 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 8197 m (depending on version).
  • aircraft engine type: turboprop (depending on version);
  • Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 (depending on version);
  • Power: 550 hp (Depending on version).

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