Text: Serge Van Heertum - Tranlation: Marc Arys
Pictures: Serge Van Heertum, Anthony Graulus, Philippe Decock, Pierre Taquet & Pilatus Aircraft Ltd
İ sbap 2018
 

In October, the Swiss mountains are synonymous of the "Fliegerschiessen" or shooting exercise, better known to the enthusiasts as the Axalp exercise.
SBAP decided to make the trip to Switzerland, not to climb all the way up to the shooting range, but to capture the Swiss aviation troops in action around the various airbases and Meiringen in particular, which is the main hub during this period.
The first two days were dedicated to Meiringen airbase, in the Bern canton, but it must be said that the activity on the base was rather disappointing. Only four F/A-18 from Fliegerstaffel 11 "Tigers" took part in the exercise, the remaining aircraft coming directly from Payerne or Emmen (according to the information's received at that time). This to the contrary of other years, where the whole of the F-5 and F/A-18 fleet was based at the most beautiful airbase in Switzerland. For the remainder, it was mainly a ballet of helicopters, flying on and off between the base and the shooting range. However this ballet allowed us to take some exceptional pictures as you will see further on. To take pictures of military aircraft, one has to admit, that the Swiss are quite sparing with good spots around their bases, so your dedicated team preferred to spent two days "tasting" various locations. We even climbed (thank you RAV4) the mountain pastures to immortalize this splendid base at some 300 m height. These first two days were by all means profitable except for the big lack of fighter aircraft.

The next day, second day of the exercise and third day for our team in the land of Willem Tell, choice was made to head for the Emmen airbase, in the Luzern canton, as we heard that some of the F-5E from the Fliegerstaffel 19 were based their during the exercise. Although October, the weather in the Helvetic Confederation was quite favourable and sunny, although the day at Emmen, was the most over casted, but did not prevent us from taken nice photographs of a variety of aircraft, other than the F-5 E Tiger which remained at Payerne, except for one very interesting F-5 F which did one flight during the day.
Flight traffic at Emmen was quite intense and allowed us to immortalize the PC-6, PC-7, PC-9, PC-21, EC-635, Ranger UAV and even the aircraft of the Armasuisse (Federal Office for Defence Procurement). The Armasuisse department based at Emmen is part of the Science and Technology (S & T) department of the Ministry of Defence.
The day was filled with take-offs and landings of numerous aircraft wearing the white cross on a red background and we also had the opportunity to see a catapult launch of a UAV Ranger, in service in the Swiss Aviation Troops.
The second day at Axalp was concluded by the display of the Patrouille Suisse and it is from their home base at Emmen that we present you the F-5 E from the Patrouille Suisse 2018.
At the end of the day, back to the hotel to have a look at the pictures, have a well-deserved appetizer with view on the Brienzersee and rejoice in a pleasant evening with friends with a typical meal of this area.
Axalp 2018 having ended, aerial activity was stepped down and following some reliable information, the decision was taken to go to Stans-Buochs, in the Nidwalden canton. This former military airfield, which still has their famous "caverns", is the home to the aeronautical manufacturer Pilatus.
We could not resist to offer our readers a little historical summary of this manufacturer before moving on to some beautiful airplanes we had the opportunity to picture at the base. Indeed, the first PC-24 from the Swiss Air Force could be seen, still in its final construction phase. Friday was also a delivery day with among others, two splendid PC-21 for the French Armée de l'Air and two others for the Australian Air Force in particular. The two aircraft planned for the land of the kangaroos were wearing the paintings of the aerobatic team "The Roulettes"; a must for European photographers!
Some other movements were also recorded like the elegant PC-12 NG or a nice test batch PC-24. After this few exotic annotations, we headed home, not without a short stop-over at Alpnach to immortalize the last Alouette III sitting proudly enthroned at the entry of the base and witnessing a little more aircraft movements. A last coffee with some sympathetic members of the Swiss Aviation Troops and time had come to hit the road back to our editorial office to lay out this report for our loyal readers and supporters.

  
  
Day 1: Meiringen Airbase
 
Meiringen, the most pretty Swiss Air Force airbase
(Google Earth)
Eurocopter AS.350-B3E (Swiss Helicopter AG)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Aerospatiale AS332M1 Super Puma
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Fliegerstaffel 11 "Tiger" in action
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Pierre Taquetİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
(Pierre Taquetİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Trainer trio
(Pierre Taquetİ)
From PC-7 to PC-21
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Flares ballet
(Pierre Taquetİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) Cougar and Bambi Bucket
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) Downwind and mountain snow
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Fliegerstaffel 11 back home
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Anthony Graulusİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Anthony Graulusİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Anthony Graulusİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Pilatus PC-6-B2-H2M-1 Turbo Porter (Swiss Team Colours)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Pilatus PC-6-B2-H2M-1 Turbo Porter (Tactical Camo)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Aerospatiale AS332M1 Super Puma (31X & 32X)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Aerospatiale AS532UL Cougar (33X & 34X)
(Anthony Graulusİ)
Northrop F-5E Tiger II as gate guardian, a former Fligerstaffel 8 aircraft
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Swiss Army prachute team
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Boarding
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Pierre Taquetİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Pierre Taquetİ)
(Anthony Graulusİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) Just some snow in altitude
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Lufttransportstaffel 8
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Anthony Graulusİ)
Eurocopter EC 635P2+
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) Missions of the day are completed
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Towed into the hangar for the night
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
View from the main point of the base and the tower
(Anthony Graulusİ)
The road crossing the runway...typical Swiss view
(Philippe Decockİ)
A permanent resident
(Philippe Decockİ)
Shelter under good guard
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Strange footbridge above the caves
(Philippe Decockİ)
Stop barrier
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) Mobile control tower
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Heavy trafic
(Pierre Taquetİ)
Pierre...don't stay in middle of the runway!
(Pierre Taquetİ)
Other view of the gate guardian
(Philippe Decockİ)
We are at 577 meters high!
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
A small waterfall of 300m
(Pierre Taquetİ)
Milan bird
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Tiger bird
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Sunset on the Brienzersee, tomorrow is another day...
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
  
Day 2: Meiringen Airbase
 
Fog on the Brienzersee...
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
The fog is coming from the lake to the airbase
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
Some visibility problems to get back to the base…
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
…but generating beautiful vortex
(Pierre Taquetİ)
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
After around an hour the fog is gone...
(Philippe Decockİ)
...operations can restart
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
Lufttransportstaffel 4
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Pierre Taquetİ)
(Anthony Graulusİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
Lunch time break
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
In the shade of an apple tree
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
The airbase restaurant decoration !
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Philippe Decockİ)
Afternoon missions, Search And Rescue first
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Note the unusual "Cougar" logo on the T-342
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Face to face
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) The wind has risen
(Pierre Taquetİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
Afternoon flight for the Fliegerstaffel 11
(Anthony Graulusİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Pierre Taquetİ) (Pierre Taquetİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Anthony Graulusİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Pierre Taquetİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Anthony Graulusİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)  Back to the caverns
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Anthony Graulusİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
Time to climb…
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
…through the mountain
(Philippe Decockİ)
The beauty of mountain streams
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Your favourite team in the mountain pastures
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
So typical
(Philippe Decockİ)
We are under high supervision
(Philippe Decockİ)
Breathtaking !
(Philippe Decockİ)
300 meter above the airbase
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Anthony Graulusİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
   

Time for a local fresh bier…
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
…and typical Swiss food
(Philippe Decockİ)
 
Day 3: Emmen Airbase
 
The sun rises on the Brienzersee
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Emmen airbase is located in a more industrialized environment
(Google Earth)
In the middle of the runway
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Again the typical arrestor barrier
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Pilatus PC-21 on training
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
Pilatus PC-9 from Zielflugstaffel 12
(Pierre Taquetİ)
Northrop F-5F Tiger II
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
A rare and interesting bird
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Anthony Graulusİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
Cloudy mountains
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
(Pierre Taquetİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Pierre Taquetİ)
Emmen, the den of the Swiss aerobatic team
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
MBB-BK117 D-2 (Airbus Helicopter H145) from REGA
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Eurocopter EC 635P2+
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Pilatus PC-24 LX-PCB from Jetfly Aviation (HB-VSQ)
(Pierre Taquetİ)
Pilatus PC-12 NG ZS-TPX (HB-FQR)
(Pierre Taquetİ)
Pilatus PC-6-B2-H2M-1 Turbo Porter from Fallschirmaufklärer Kompanie 17
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
ADS-95 Ranger UAV Drohnenstaffel 7
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Northrop F-5F Tiger II (J-3201) on touch and go
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) Diamond DA42 Centaur OPA (R-711) from Armasuisse
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Pilatus PC-6/B1-H2 (HB-FCF) from Armasuisse
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Pilatus PC-12M Eagle (HB-FOG) from Armasuisse
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Launch of an ADS-95 Ranger…
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
...Drohnenstaffel 7
(Pierre Taquetİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) …and the PC-6 Lufttransportstaffel 7 (V-616) as chase plane
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) Airbus A319-111 Adria Airways from Slovenia
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Anthony Graulusİ)
The Patrouille Suisse edition 2018:
1 Maj Gunnar Jansen "Gandalf"
2 Capt Claudius Meier "Mac" - 3 Capt David Pereira "Pepe"
4 Capt Martin Schär "Jaydee" - 5 Capt Lukas Nannini "Bigfoot" - 6 Capt Michael Duft "Püpi"
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Anthony Graulusİ)
(Anthony Graulusİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Take off…Heading Axalp
(Anthony Graulusİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Anthony Graulusİ)
Other kind of transport
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Milan bird again
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Other Adria Airways movements…
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
…the company propose flights between Ljubljana or Pristina and Emmen
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Pierre Taquetİ)
Back from Fliegerschiessen Axalp…
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Anthony Graulusİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Pierre Taquetİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Anthony Graulusİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
In his cozy nest
(Pierre Taquetİ)
A last sun sparkle on the past
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
It's time for an aperitif in Brienz
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Swiss postcard from our room terrace
(Pierre Taquetİ)
The sunset on the lake
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
 
Day 4: Buochs Airport
 
One last panoramic view before leaving Brienz
(Pierre Taquetİ)
 Buochs Airport, the Pilatus Home Base
(Google Earth)
  

Buochs Airport (ICAO code LSZC Mil: LSMU) is a regional airport in the town of Buochs in the Canton of Nidwalden in Switzerland. It has a concrete runway with a length of 2000 meters and a width of 40 meters, several taxiways and hangars.
In Buochs especially, the aircraft Dassault Mirage IIIS, Mirage IIIRS, Mirage IIIBS, IIIDS Mirage and F-5E were used when it was an active aifield from the Swiss Aviation Troops. Pilatus uses this airfield for all its test and delivery flights for the products manufactured by Pilatus aircraft such as the Pilatus P-3, Pilatus PC-7, Pilatus PC-8D Twin Porter, Pilatus PC-9, Pilatus PC-12 and Pilatus PC-21.
Buochs is equipped with aircraft caverns, and the A2 motorway was built so that Mirage IIIS using JATO booster rockets could take off from this highway. But this opportunity was never used. The airbase is, at both end of the runway, equipped with a retractable arresting gear devices (used by the F/A-18 and in case of a problem by the F-5).
The military part of the airfield was active until 2003 and used for the fighter jets of the Swiss Air Force. It was the home of Fliegerstaffel 8 with F-5E, along with the Aufklärungstaffel 10 with Mirage IIIRS. Also often Pilatus PC-6, PC-7, Alouette III, Super Puma, Mirage IIIDS were used from Buochs, rarely was its used as an alternate airport for F/A-18 . With the exercise "REVITA" in spring 2014 Buochs was re-activated by the Air Command Meiringen for 4 days and missions with F-5E and F/A-18 were flown from Buochs.
The airfield is also used for different occasions, the trade show "Iheimisch" Nidwaldner was held there in May 2013 and September of the same year, saw the 4th Airshow Swiss Aero Expo. In July 2010, the 35th World Championship of the Army paratroopers took place in the square, in parallel with a big concert of Bonnie Tyler. On August 1st, 2014, the PC-7 Team presented for the first time a show flown with smoke generators. The reason for this event was the Swiss National Day, the 25th anniversary of the PC-7 Team and the roll-out of the Pilatus PC-24.
The airfield is formally under the responsibility of the Swiss Air Force, but operated by the Civil Airport Buochs AG. Since January 1st, 2004, the military airfield Buochs is a "sleeping base" for the Air Force. In case of an extraordinary situation the entire military infrastructure of the airfield can be brought to operational status again. However, there are considerations that the military will withdraw completely from the airfield.

 
The Pilatus factory guardian : Dassault Mirage IIIS J-313
(Anthony Graulusİ)
The Pilatus facilities…
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
…a company concerned about renewable energies
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
    
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. is an aerospace manufacturer located in Stans - Buochs. The company has mostly produced aircraft for niche markets, in particular STOL aircraft as well as military training aircraft. In the 1990's, with the introduction of the PC-12, a single-engine turboprop aircraft, Pilatus opened up a broader civilian market. With the PC-24, it offers a twin-engine STOL jet aircraft capable of operating from unpaved runways.

1939-1949 : The company was established in December 1939 by the armament company Oerlikon-Bührle, and construction of a new production building started in March 1940. The company was formed to do maintenance and repairs for the Swiss Air Force, the first work of the new company was assembly of EKW C-35 reconnaissance biplanes from spare parts, and overhaul work on other types.
The first design project was a single-seat trainer, designated the P-1, although it was abandoned before being built. The next project was the construction of the SB-2 Pelican which had been designed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The SB-2 first flew on May 30th,1944 and only one of the five-seat light transports were built.
In 1942, the company won a contract from the Swiss military to modify 33 EKW C-3603. Following on from the abandoned P-1 design, the company started again on the development of a two-seat trainer, designated the P-2. The P-2 first flew on April 27th,1945, and the company won an order for the Swiss Air Force.
During 1945 the company produced a prototype single-engine light transport, designated the P-4, the P-4 first flew on March 22nd ,1948 but again, only one was built. During the late 1940's the company produced a number of wooden glider designs and went on to produce fuselages and tail-booms for the license-produced De Havilland Vampire and Venom.

1950-1959 : In 1951 the company worked on the P-5, a design project for an artillery observation aircraft, which was not built. With the production of the P-3 for the Swiss Air Force in progress the company achieved its first export order for six P-3's for the Brazilian Navy.
In 1958 design work started on a short takeoff and landing (STOL) light civil transport aircraft, this emerged as the PC-6 Porter which first flew on May 04th ,1959.

1960-1969 : In 1965 a twin-engined variant of the PC-6 was built as the PC-8 Twin Porter, although it first flew on November 15th, 1967 it remained an experimental and one-off type, and development was stopped in 1972. Another project, the PC-10, 16-passenger twin-engine transport was started but was not built.
In 1966 a turboprop-powered variant of the P-3 was flown, and was designated the PC-7. The aircraft crashed and development was put on hold until the 1970's.

1970-1979 : In a departure from the production of trainers and Porters the company bought the rights to the all-metal B-4 glider, Pilatus re-designed the B-4 for easier production and redesigned it the B-4/PC-11. The PC-11 first flew on May 05th,1972 and the company went on to build 322 aircraft in total. In 1975 another PC-7 prototype was flown, and after further development it was marketed as the PC-7 Turbo Trainer. In 1979, Pilatus acquired Britten-Norman, constructor of the Britten-Norman Islander and Britten-Norman Defender aircraft.

1980-1989 : In 1982 development of an improved variant of the PC-7 was started, it emerged as the Pilatus PC-9 in 1984. Development of what was to become the company's best-selling type, the Pilatus PC-12 was started in 1987. A single-engine turboprop transport that could carry up to twelve passengers or freight.

1990-1999 : The PC-12 prototype was flown on May 31st, 1991. The first PC-12 Eagle surveillance aircraft was built in 1995, further developments led to the PC-12 Spectre, and in recent years adoption of the PC-12 by the USAF as the U-28A.
TSA Transairco SA of Geneva was procured by Pilatus in 1997. In 1998, Pilatus Australia Pty Ltd was established, while Britten-Norman was sold.

2000-2009 : In December 2000, the owners Unaxis (previously called Oerlikon-Bührle) sold Pilatus to a consortium of Swiss investors.
To broaden the family of military training aircraft, the turboprop PC-21 was developed and first flown in 2002. In July 2010 the company delivered its 1000 PC-12 aircraft.

2010-2018 : In 2013, Pilatus created Pilatus Aircraft Industry (China) Co., Ltd to build PC-6 and PC-12 aircraft in Chongqing in a joint partnership with Beijing Tian Xing Jian Yu Science Co., Ltd.
The PC-24 was designed based on the feedback from PC-12 customers, who desired increased range and speed, but wanted to retain the PC-12's ability to use very short runways.
The rollout of the first aircraft, HB-VXA, was held on August 1st, 2014 (Switzerland's national day). The aircraft's first flight was made on May 11th, 2015.
In 2016 Pilatus general aviation division delivered 117 aircraft: 91 PC-12's, 14 PC-21's, 9 PC-6's and 3 PC-7 MkII and its revenue was 457 million Swiss francs (SFr.) ($459 million), up 30% from the previous year, 56% of Pilatus's total revenues for 2016 of SFr. 821 million, its backlog on December 31st totaled SFr. 1.74 billion.
In 2015, the Royal Australian Air Force ordered 49 PC-21 trainer and the first deliveries started in 2017. The PC-21 become a real commercial success and 9 users are equipped with.

   
  
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd productions
Pilatus P-1        1941   Single-seat trainer, project only
(Archives Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus SB-2     1944   STOL transporter, only 1 aircraft
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus P-2       1945   Trainer
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus P-3       1953   Trainer
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus P-4       1948   STOL transporter, 1 prototype only
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus P-5       1951   Artillery observation aircraft, project only
(Archives Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus PC-6     1959   STOL transporter
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus PC-7     1966   Turboprop trainer
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus PC-8D   1967   STOL transporter based on the PC-6, only 1 prototype
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus PC-9     1984   Turboprop trainer
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus PC-10    1970   Twin-engine transporter, project only
(Archives Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus PC-11    1972   Glider aircraft B-4 based
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus PC-12    1991   Single-engine transport
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus PC-21    2001   Turboprop trainer
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus PC-24   2014   Twin-jet engine transport
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
   
 
Modernization for the Dutch Pilatus PC-7
The upgrade includes the replacement of the analogue cockpit with a new digital avionics, life time increases with wings and landing gear reinforcements.
Those modifications will provide a potential of 60'000 hours of flight for the modernized fleet.
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Pilatus PC-7 Mk II, the second modern basic trainer wave
The PC-7 MkII is a training aircraft powered by a 700 hp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-25C turboprop engine with a Hartzell four-blade aluminium propeller.
The de-rating of the engine from 850 hp ensures low direct operating costs and a long engine life. The aircraft is using conventional systems that are reliable, easy to operate and to maintain.
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
(Philippe Decockİ)
  
The PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop-powered business aircraft, designed for performing in multiple roles and to deliver equal performance and safety to twin-engine aircraft. It is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67 engine, the later PC-12NG variant uses the more powerful PT6A-67P, which is flat rated at only 70% of its maximum power. According to Pilatus, the PC-12NG has exceptional versatility and is capable of operating within the most rugged environments, such as the Australian outback; it is one of the few pressurized turbine-powered aircraft capable of operating from rough landing strips. A trailing arm landing gear arrangement is used to enable the PC-12 to access thousands of airfields that most jet aircraft would be incapable of using.
The cabin interior of the PC-12 can accommodate up to nine passengers in a comfortable configuration, which includes features such as a refreshment centre, a fully enclosed lavatory, and a baggage area to the rear of the cabin. Other cabin configurations include executive arrangements, seating between six and eight passengers, a four-seat passenger-cargo combi layout, and an air ambulance setup housing two stretchers and three attending medics. The interior was designed in conjunction with BMW's Designworks division, making extensive use of leather, fine wood veneers and various textiles to create an environment deliberately akin to a luxury road vehicle. An atypically large cargo door is installed to accommodate more bulky items, including palletized cargo.
The type features a three-axis autopilot as standard, while weather radar, long-range navigation systems and radar altimeter are optional. The flight deck of the PC-12 NG is equipped with Honeywell's Primus Apex avionics system, consisting of four 10-inch high-resolution liquid crystal display screens, two of which perform as the primary flight displays directly forward of either pilot, the other two being multi-function displays in a central position between the two pilots. The Apex system shares many similarities to the flight decks of other business jets and has been designed to minimize crew workload and provide for improved safety during single-pilot operations. An advanced synthetic vision system, delivering greater situational awareness and safety during visual flight rules (VFR) flight, is also present. The cockpit's layout is optimized for ergonomic and aesthetic appeal, providing similar comfort levels for the flight crew as to the passengers. An engine condition monitoring system is present on the PC-12 NG, automatically monitoring engine parameters and producing relevant warnings, easing preventive maintenance efforts.
  
Pilatus PC-12-47E HB-FQD from European Aircraft Private Club (EAPC)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Test flight for the ZS-TPX (HB-FQR)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
The HB-FVP in Air Lilienthal colours
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
The HB-FWA wearing a nice colour scheme, 
inspired by Swiss artist Hans Erni in 2014
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
The PC-12 assembly line
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
The HB-FPY above typical Swiss landscape
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
 
 
The splendid Australian Aerobatic Team colour scheme
(Anthony Graulusİ)
  

In November 1997, Pilatus flew a modified PC-7 Mk.II in order to test improvements for a prospective next generation turboprop trainer. As a result of these tests, Pilatus elected to fund the development of a new training system in November 1998; development of the new trainer, designated as the PC-21, formally started in January 1999.
The Pilatus PC-21 is an advanced single-engine trainer aircraft; it is often referred to by Pilatus as being the "Twenty-first Century Trainer". The type can be applied for various training capacities, including basic flying training, advanced flight training, full mission management training, and embedded simulation/emulation. In order to perform these functions, the aircraft possesses a powerful, flexible, and cost-effective integrated training system; providing sufficient ease of use for inexperienced pilots while posing greater challenge to advanced pilots. According to Pilatus, upon product launch, the PC-21 possessed "superior aerodynamic performance when compared with any other turboprop trainer on the market".
The aircraft features a tandem-seating arrangement in a bird strike-resistant glass canopy with all round vision. The cabin, which is pressurized, is equipped with an On-Board Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS), air conditioning, and Martin-Baker CH16C Zero-Zero ejection seats. The flight controls, which are fully balanced and harmonized, are optimized for easy operation and overall effectiveness. An anti-g system is also present in order to minimize the effects of high g-forces experienced during tactical training and aerobatic maneuvers. Pilots are able to spend a greater amount of time concentrating on the aircraft's external situation and upon mission data inputs due to an ergonomic design approach, ease-of-use controls, and clear visual/system data displays. In addition, a full autopilot and civil flight management system are also present..
The PC-21 is powered by a single 1,600 shaft horse power Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68B turboprop engine, which drives a five-bladed graphite Hartzell scimitar propeller. it has been claimed by Pilatus that the PC-21 possesses speed and climb rates previously normally performed only by jet-powered aircraft. It is also fitted with a high-speed profile wing, rated for maneuvers up to 8 G, complete with hydraulically-assisted ailerons and spoilers which enable the execution of fighter-like rates of roll and other maneuvers. In order to make the aircraft easy to fly at low speeds, crucial to the advanced trainer role, the PC-21 is furnished with a digital power management system and the horizontal stabilizer is equipped with an automatic yaw compensator/suppression system to compensate for engine power and speed changes.
A key feature of the PC-21 is the embedded simulation and training suite, which provides cross-platform cockpit emulation, weapons simulation, stores management system, simulated radar and electronic warfare, a tactical situation display, and data link functionality. Key to this is the Mission Support System (MSS), which comprises the Mission Planning System (MPS) and Mission Debriefing System (MBS); data can be loaded and unloaded from these, which is compatible with ground-based stations for pre-flight configuration or post-mission analysis. The integrated mission computer is of an open architecture, allowing for third-party modifications and upgrades to take place; software can also be customized to conform to customer preferences. Critical and non-critical software are also deliberately separated.
The cockpit of the PC-21 features a high level of systems integration and conforms to modern avionics standards. The systems of the forward and rear cockpits can be "de-coupled" between the student and instructor; the instructor may exercise real-time manipulation of the student's displays, sensor performance, and system modes such as to create synthetic air-to-air radar targets, artificial non-safety critical system failures, and controlled data degradation. The aircraft's fully digital glass cockpit features three large colour liquid crystal displays (LCD), one performing as the primary flight display (PFD) and two multi-function displays (MFDs) for system/mission management, in addition to CMC Electronics-provided head-up displays (HUD) for both the pilot and instructor. The trim gauge is the only analogue dial in the cockpit. For control simplicity, a Hands on Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) control philosophy has been followed. Both the display and control systems present also resemble their counterparts used upon modern front-line combat aircraft for greater realism during training; and can be further customized in order to be more representative of specific combat aircraft. The multi-sensor navigation system is capable of operating under a military tactical mode as well as a civil navigation mode.

  
Prepared for a long trip…
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
Simply amazing
(Pierre Taquetİ)
(Pierre Taquetİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) The N°23 at take off
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
The N°24 on taxi
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Pierre Taquetİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Anthony Graulusİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
The French Air Force N°11 aircraft
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Pierre Taquetİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Anthony Graulusİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
Delivery of the N°10…
(Pierre Taquetİ)
…and later the departure of the N°09
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Pilatus PC-21 in operation
 
 Swiss Air Force: 8 aircraft ordered
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
The PC-21 replace the BAe Hawk which had been retired since 2003
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
 United Arab Emirates Air Force: 25 aircraft ordered
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Republic of Singapore Air Force: 19 aircraft ordered
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
 Royal Saudi Air Force: 55 aircraft ordered
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Qatar Emiri Air Force: 24 aircraft ordered
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Royal Australian Air Force: 49 aicraft ordered
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Armée de l'Air: 17 aircraft ordered
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
 Royal Jordanian Air Force: 8 aircraft ordered
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
QinetiQ: 2 aircraft ordered
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Elegance and efficiency ... a very successful aircraft
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
 
 
The surprise of the day, the first PC-24 for the Swiss air force. The plane will be assigned to the Lufttransportdienst des Bundes. 
The aircraft is due to receive the Air Force serial T-786
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
  

The Pilatus PC-24 is a twin-engine business jet produced by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. Designed to combine light-jet speed, climb and altitude capability with twin-turboprop capacity, short-field / rough-field capability, and general utility, the airplane was viewed as a twin-engined, jet upgrade of their single-engine, turboprop PC-12, and a competitor to the Cessna Citation CJ4 and Embraer Phenom 300.
The aircraft was first revealed to the public on 21 May 2013, with the maiden flight on 11 May 2015. The PC-24 received EASA and FAA type certification on 7 December 2017 and the first customer delivery was on 7 February 2018.
The PC-24 business jet is a low-wing cantilever cabin monoplane powered by two Williams FJ44-4A turbofan engines, each mounted in a nacelle on the side of the rear fuselage. It has a T-tail and a retractable Tricycle landing gear. The cabin has room for eight passengers and two pilots, although it is certified to fly with only one pilot. The cabin has three exits, a passenger door on the left-hand side near the front, two overwing emergency exits and a cargo door on the left-hand side at the rear. According to Pilatus, the PC-24 is the first business jet to be fitted with this standard pallet-sized cargo door.
The aircraft is designed to operate from short and rough airstrips and incorporates an advanced wing design, with a large double-slotted flap system to achieve the necessary performance, having a stall speed of only 81 knots at the maximum landing weight. The long-stroke trailing link landing gear smooth out uneven surfaces, the dual-wheel main wheels have 70 psi (4.8 bar) of pressure to prevent sinking in soft surfaces, and the wing flaps have a replaceable, abradable surface and shields the high mounted engines from loose debris.

   
Production List (November 2018)
HB-VXA Pilatus PC-24 P01 Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG 2013 Prototype 01
HB-VXB Pilatus PC-24 P02 Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG 2015 Prototype 02
HB-VSA Pilatus PC-24 P03 Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG Prototype 03
N124AF (HB-VSB) Pilatus PC-24 101 Cobalt Air 2018
N224WA (HB-VSC) Pilatus PC-24 102 LLC, San Francisco CA 2018
N84KE (HB-VSD) Pilatus PC-24 103 Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd 2018
T7-LCE (HB-VSE) Pilatus PC-24 104 Private
HB-VSF Pilatus PC-24 105 Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG
HB-VSG Pilatus PC-24 106 Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG
N107PJ (HB-VSH) Pilatus PC-24 107 Skytech Inc. 2018
HB-VLX Pilatus PC-24 108 Premium Jet 2018
N357ET (HB-VSJ) Pilatus PC-24 109 Cajun Industries LLC, Baton Rouge LA 2018
N979JB (HB-VSK) Pilatus PC-24 110 Mr Bults Inc, Burnham IL 2018
LX-PCA (HB-VSL) Pilatus PC-24 111 Jetfly Aviation S.A. 2018
N74JX (HB-VSM) Pilatus PC-24 112 Polymer Pilatus LLC bought 2018
HB-VSN Pilatus PC-24 113 Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG
HB-VSO Pilatus PC-24 114 Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG
N955PS (HB-VSP) Pilatus PC-24 115 Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd
LX-PCB (HB-VSQ) Pilatus PC-24 116
Jetfly Aviation S.A. 2018
N117VK Pilatus PC-24 117 Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd Broomfield 2018
   
Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) ordered six PC-24 in complement of the PC-12 fleet
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ) (Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
(Philippe Decockİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
The third prototype HB-VSA in the Buochs Airport vicinity
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Pierre Taquetİ)
(Pierre Taquetİ) Taxi back to the factory
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
(Anthony Graulusİ)  (Philippe Decockİ)
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ) (Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ) (Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
The pilot office…
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
…and the splendid cabin design
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
HB-VXA the prototype number 1
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Non prepared runway landing test
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
HB-VXB the second prototype
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Wearing the mention: PC-24 Flying Test Aircraft
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
Pilatus PC-24 LX-PCB from Jetfly Aviation (HB-VSQ)
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
(Pilatus Aircraft Ltdİ)
(Serge Van Heertumİ) (Serge Van Heertumİ)
Time to left Buochs and his beautiful landscape
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
 
Day 4: Alpnach Airbase
 
The rack railway station serving the summit of the Pilatus mountain
(Philippe Decockİ)
The Pilatus mount seen from Alpnach airbase
(Philippe Decockİ)
Alpnach airbase is mostly dedicated to the helicopter squadrons
(Google Earth)
The last Alouette III in Swiss service was the V-262 and is preserved at Alpnach
(Anthony Graulusİ)
Some movements
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Landing of a Eurocopter EC 635P2+ to conclude our week in William Tell country
(Pierre Taquetİ)
 

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