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The Pilatus PC6 Porter

The Pilatus Aircraft Limited was founded in 1939 in a small town called Stans in central Switzerland where  the Porter was introduced in 1959.

The PC 6 Porter made its maiden flight on May 4 1959 powered by a 340 hp piston engine. During 1961 the first Turbo Porter was tested with a further engine upgrade in 1963 to the present specifications of 550 hp.

The Pilatus Porter is of a sturdy high-wing flying configuration, and is designed for a wide range of uses:



Aerial survey
Search and rescue
Supply dropping
Sky diving
Glider towing



This aircraft is more commonly known for its Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) performance on almost any terrain . It can takeoff within a distance of 640 feet and land within a distance of 450 feet with a payload of nearly 2,000 lbs. At lower weights using less conservative pilot techniques, take-off distances are reduced dramatically. The  Pilatus PC 6 is currently operating in more than 50 countries, while halving the cost of operating and almost double the payload of helicopters used for a similar role.


The PC-6 can be converted quickly and in line with customer needs for a wide variety of different tasks. With its large sliding doors on both sides, the Porter is perfect for skydiving, ambulance transport and cargo/passenger flights. A configuration knob in the Porter's Virtual Cockpit allows changes that reflect these varied uses.




Custom models built individually for Flight Simulator X and Flight Simulator 2004.
Takes advantage of all animation and texturing effects available to each version of the simulator.
Ultra-realistic flight modeling, with user selectable realism.
Full 2D panel/virtual cockpit systems.
Realistic panel lighting features.
Full system modeling.
Configurable cabin for passenger, skydiving or cargo.
12 additional paint schemes available
Complete documentation and checklists.



Cabin Configurations 

Recommended System Specifications

While cutting edge add-on aircraft such as this will "run" on a system with the minimum specifications outlined by Microsoft for Flight Simulator, the following are minimum guidelines to achieve acceptable performance:

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 or Flight Simulator X  required for use of this software
Pentium IV or AMD microprocessor or higher with 2 GHz MHz + speed and 1 MB RAM minimum
Windows 7,  Windows Vista or Windows XP 32 or 64 Bit
Nvidia or ATI Radeon based 3D accelerator video card with full antialiasing and T&L lighting capability and a minimum of 256 MB onboard RAM
SoundBlaster Live or equivalent 128-bit DirectX sound device
Up-to-date DirectX video and sound drivers


Obviously, higher end systems with multi-core processors and 3.0 GHz+ speed  CPU, 2+ GB system RAM and 512+  MB or preferably video RAM will perform much better.




Bush flying is something at which the Porter excels. Although bush planes come in all sizes and shapes, a good bush plane will be very rugged and able to take-off and land in short distances, and the Porter fits this bill perfectly. The Porter is a well-proven bush plane. It has operated in some of the rougher environments on the planet - from the jungles of New Guinea to the Sahara desert and to lesser wilds, such as shuffling sky jumpers about in the continental United States.


The Porter can carry 12 people (more when flying skydivers) and, for its size, has phenomenal STOL performance. The Porter holds a world record for highest landing of a fixed wing aircraft when it was landed on the Dhaulagiri glacier in Nepal. The Pilatus Porter landed at an altitude just shy of 19,000 feet (an altitude that many fixed-wing planes cannot even attain).


Aircraft Specifications

Aircraft Dimensions  
Wing span 49' 10"
Length 35' 9"
Height 10' 6"
Track 9' 10"
Wing area 306.77 sq. ft.

Weight and Balance
Empty weight 2,800 lb.
Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) 4,850 lb.
Maximum Landing Weight 4,850 lb.

Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 free turbine turboprop corresponding to manufacturer specification No. 583
Normal Speed - Gas Generator 38,100 RPM
Normal Speed - Power Turbine 33,000 RPM
Normal Speed - Propeller Shaft 2,200 RPM

Manufacturer Hartzell Propeller, Inc.
Hub Model HC-B3TN-3D
Blade Model T-10178 C

Altitude Limits
Maximum Operating Altitude 25,000 ft.
Service Ceiling 28,000 ft.

Airspeed Limitations
VA-Maneuvering Speed (4,850 lbs) 112 KIAS
VA-Maneuvering Speed (4,000 lbs) 107 KIAS
VA-Maneuvering Speed (3,300 lbs) 151 KIAS
VMO-Maximum Operating Speed 151 KIAS
VNO-Max Structural Cruising Speed 122 KIAS
VNE-Never Exceed Speed 144 KIAS
VS-Stalling Speed - flaps up 54 KIAS
VSO-Stalling Speed-Landing Config. 47 KIAS
VX-Best Angle-of-Climb Speed 72 KIAS
VY-Best Rate-of-Climb Speed 77 KIAS
Maximum Glide Speed (4,850 lbs) 85 KIAS


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