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AIRCRAFT FLEET PASSES
THREE MILLION FLYING
Pilatus announced on October 13 that their fleet of
military training aircraft consisting of PC-7/PC-7
MkII, PC-9/PC-9 M and PC-21 recently passed a
major milestone when they amassed over three
million flying hours. Pilatus training aircraft are
operated by more than 33 countries worldwide
making Pilatus, already an acknowledged world
leader in the single engine turboprop civilian
market, the most successful provider of military
training systems in recent history.
Pilatus has been producing turboprop training
aircraft continuously since the first production
aircraft flew in August 1978, a worthy successor to
the equally successful Pilatus P-2 and P-3 piston
training aircraft designed in the 1940s and 50s.
Pilatus CEO, Markus Bucher, said:
“Whether it is the PC-6 of the Snowy Mountains
Authority, the PC-12 that allows the Royal Flying
Doctors Service to save lives on a daily basis or
the PC-9 that has been the mainstay of RAAF basic
pilot training, Pilatus has been involved at all levels
of Australian aviation for nearly 50 years.”
The latest training aircraft to join the fleet,
the Pilatus PC-21, is already operated by the
Swiss, Singapore and UAE Air Forces enabling
them to fulfill their requirements for 21st century
military pilot training systems. Additional PC-21s,
simulators, ground-based training equipment and
services are in the process of being delivered to
the Saudi and Qatar Air Forces. The PC-21 training
system delivers a revolution in pilot training, helping
all military aircrew bridge the quantum leap to the
latest generation platforms.
The PC-21 fleet has already amassed over
years of operations at
RAAF Base Pearce in
Australia. During this
time it has achieved
the kind of enviable
rates which earlier
aircraft are simply not
capable of delivering.
Pilatus has operated
for the last 75 years
as a single, financially
stable entity, which has led to long and robust
relationships with all our operators. Pilatus is
firmly established worldwide as a dependable and
reliable partner who can be trusted to support and
continuously respond to the changing needs of our
customers and operators.
The Australian PC-9 fleet is now 27 years old
and will be in operation until at least 2019 – a
service life of over 32 years. This is commendable,
especially given that the PC-9 now fulfills more
roles than were ever considered when first procured,
and continues to do so without any operational
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BOEING DELIVERS 18TH
P-8A POSEIDON TO U.S.
Boeing announced on they have delivered the
18th P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy
ahead of schedule on October 14, where it joined
other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy
The P-8A departed Boeing Field in Seattle for
Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., and was
Boeing’s fifth delivery this year.
“We’re proud to continue to deliver aircraft
on cost and on schedule,” said Rick Heerdt,
Boeing Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement
vice president and program manager. “The
Navy’s need for the P-8A resonates even more
following Patrol Squadron 5’s recent operational
Earlier this summer, the VP-5 ‘Mad Foxes’
replaced the VP-16 War Eagles squadron that
completed 600 sorties and 3,500 flight hours
while on deployment operating out of Kadena
Air Base, Japan. The Mad Foxes are currently
conducting operational missions internationally.
Based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800
commercial airplane, the P-8A provides the Navy
anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
The Navy plans to purchase the versatile multi-
mission aircraft to replace its P-3 Orion fleet.
Boeing is currently under contract for 53 P-8As.
Boeing’s industry team includes CFM
International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon,
Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE
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