PC-21 – what it’s like to fly in the Next Generation Trainer with a Pilatus Test Pilot? 7.5 G-Force’s! The 1600 shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-68B turboprop engine and five-blade graphite propeller push the speed and climb rate of the PC-21 into an area that was, until now, exclusively jet territory. The PC-21 is capable of sustained low-level speeds in excess of 320 knots (593 km/h). Hydraulically-assisted ailerons and roll spoilers can produce fighter-like roll rates in excess of 200° per second. It is therefore possible to download significant parts of front-line training to the PC-21.
The Pilatus experience continues on:
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