The PC-9/A is designed by Pilatus Switzerland and built under license by Hawker de Havilland in Sydney. It was introduced to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1987, with pilot training commencing in 1989.
The Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft has been providing excellent service to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for the past 30 years, training thousands of aircrew from Army, Navy and Air Force. No.2 Flying Training School is the only RAAF unit currently operating the PC-9/A and it will wrap up PC-9/A operations in December 2019.
The Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft is currently in the process of being replaced by Pilatus PC-21 aircraft under the AIR5428 Pilot Training System project.
The Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft was utilised by RAAF’s aerobatics display team “The Roulettes” between 1989 and early 2019. The last public flying displays of the Roulettes utilising PC-9/A aircraft occurred during the Avalon International Airshow in March 2019. The Roulettes had their first public display flying PC-21 at RAAF Base Point Cook on 3 October 2019
|Role||Pilot training, forward air control and aerobatics|
|Crew||Instructor and student or Pilot and observer|
|Engine||Pratt and Whitney PT6A-62 turboprop (950 shaft horsepower)|
|Airframe||Length: 10.2 m, height: 3.3 m|
|Weight||2250 kg basic, 2710 kg maximum (PC-9/A (F) max 3210 kg)|
|Range||1,850 km (with two underwing tanks), combat radius 650 km|
|Max Speed||590 km/h|
|Equipment||Optional smoke grenade launchers|
|Avionics||VHF omni-directional range/ instrument landing system, two multi-functional displays|