Passed to 3D Blitz Model MK7201
‚Birth’ oft he PC-21 started in November 1997 when Pilatus modified a PC-7 with new wings and a Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6 turbine. Based on those trials, actual development started early 1999 – metal was cut in 2001 and the Rollout was celebrated in May 2002. Type certification was reached by the end of 2004. Soon after, Pilatus started serial production despite the fact, that they had no orders in their books. The PC-21 was developed with characteristics of a Jet Trainer in mind. The PT6A-68B turbine is throttled electronically to simulate a jet engine – the propeller torque is automatically compensated over the rudder. The roll rate of the aircraft is enhanced to 2000/s with additional spoilers on top of the wings. The airfoil is build for speed – the PC-21 reaches a top of Mach 0.72 – but still lacking the power of a real jet engine. Hart of the system are the flexible avionics – depending on the Jet the customer has in mind. The cockpit is equipped with two Martin Baker CH16C ejection seats. The wing is prepared with 5 hard points – 2 wet for long-range fuel tanks. Thus the PC-21 carries no weapons – they are simply simulated electronically for the training of the pilot.