Pilatus PC-21

The Pilatus PC-21 is the world's most advanced pilot training aircraft. The PC-21 is based at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria and RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia.

The new Pilot Training System will allow faster and higher quality training with:

  • advanced aircraft
  • state of the art simulations
  • an electronic learning environment.

The system will ensure undergraduate pilots develop the necessary knowledge and skills prior to progressing onto advanced military aircraft such as:

  • the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter
  • Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter.

The Pilatus PC-21 is equipped with:

  • a pressurised cockpit
  • air conditioning
  • an anti-G system
  • on-board oxygen generation.

The PC-21 is capable of sustained low-level speeds over 320 knots. Hydraulically-assisted ailerons and roll spoilers can produce fighter-like rates of roll in excess of 200 degrees per second.

A digital power management system and automatic yaw compensation makes the PC-21 easy to fly in the circuit, while still providing the performance required for advanced training.

The capabilities of the PC-21 can be used from day one in the training system. It eliminates the need for an elementary flying training fleet, but also bridges the performance gap between traditional turboprop trainers and lead-in fighters.


Manufacturer Pilatus
Role Pilot training
  • Instructor
  • Student
Length 11.2m
Height 3.8m
Wing span 9.1m
  • 2280kg basic
  • 4250kg maximum
Engines Pratt and Whitney PT6A-68B turboprop (1600 shaft horsepower)
Range 1,333 km
Ceiling 25,000 feet
Max speed 685 km/h (370 knots)