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Pilatus PC-7 Turbo-Trainer  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 1978
Maiden Flight: 12 April 1966
Total Production: ?
Origin: Switzerland
Corporations: Pilatus Aircraft
Parent System: Pilatus PC-7
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1978
Maiden Flight: 12 April 1966
Total Production: 580
Family Members: Pilatus PC-7 Mk II
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Description: The Pilatus PC-7 Turbo-Trainer is a single-engine, tandem two-seat turboprop aircraft designed to perform basic training missions for military customers. It was developed by Pilatus Aircraft based upon the Pilatus PC-3 training aircraft which was introduced in the 1950s. The first PC-7 prototype performed its maiden flight on April 12, 1966, and the first production aircraft first flew in August 1978. The first production aircraft was delivered to the Air Force of Burma/Myanmar in December 1978. The Pilatus PC-7 trainer received a large number of orders in the 1980s entering into service with over 20 air forces providing basic training becoming thus the most successful military aircraft program for Pilatus Aircraft.

The Pilatus PC-7 Turbo-Trainer is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25A turboprop driving a three-blade propeller. PT6A-25A engine develops a maximum power of 550-shp. Optionally, the PC-7 can be equipped with Martin-Baker ejection seats. The PC-7 was replaced as the production standard by the PC-7 Mk II in 1994.

Pilatus PC-7 Turbo-Trainer Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 1
Propeller Blades: 3
Area
Wing Area: 16.6 square meter (179 square foot)
Dimensions
Height: 3.21 meter (10.5 foot)
Length: 9.78 meter (32.1 foot)
Wingspan: 10.4 meter (34.1 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 33,000 foot (10,058 meter)
Max Range: 1,200 kilometer (648 nautical mile)
Operational Altitude: 25,000 foot
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 550 shp
Speed
Climb Rate: 2,150 fpm (11.0 mps)
Cruise Speed: 412 kph (223 KTAS)
Economical Speed: 317 kph
Weight
Empty Weight: 1,330 kilogram (2,932 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 1,900 kilogram (4,189 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Mexico?
Retired from active duty and replaced by T-6C+ trainers in 2012

Grand Total 4417
Propulsion Systems
PT6A-25Ax1
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