On 5 December 2022, the Spanish Ministry of Defence (Ministerio de Defensa) reported {that a} second batch of sixteen Pilatus PC-21 coaching plane will likely be acquired. The brand new order, valued at 250 million euro, will embody new plane, simulators, coaching gear and a logistics bundle. The Spanish Ministry of Defence will now begin negotiations with Pilatus, which had already submitted a suggestion to the Ministry of Defence for this second order. This new batch will change the ENAER T-35C Tamiz (Pillán) elementary coaching plane in use with 791 Escuadrón at Murcia/San Javier, Spain.

The Spanish Ministry of Defence delivered to the Spanish Air Power primarily based in San Javier (Murcia), its first PC-21, and can instantly combine the world’s most superior coaching system by Pilatus to be a part of the 792 Squadron, the Primary Coaching College within the Spanish Air Power Academy. Pilatus will ship a complete of 24 PC-21s to Spain by June 2022, elevating air pressure pilot coaching to state-of-the-art degree. Pilatus prevailed over all of the worldwide competitors to win the contract with the PC-21 in 2020. The primary PC-21 was handed over in San Javier on 14 September 2021.


Spanish Air Power Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop-powered Superior Coach

The Spanish Air Power launched its first pilot coaching course in September 2022. The PC-21 will present Spain with not solely essentially the most technically superior coaching system, however an economical, ecological coaching platform as properly. Expertise with present PC-21 prospects reveals that the finances for coaching a pupil navy pilot might be lowered by greater than 50 p.c with the PC-21. These single-engine turboprops require far much less gas than comparable jet trainers. Moreover the precise plane, the PC-21 coaching system contains state-of-the-art simulators, computer-based coaching and digital actuality instruments.

The Pilatus PC-21 is a turboprop-powered superior coach with a stepped tandem cockpit. It’s manufactured by Pilatus Plane of Switzerland. The PC-21 is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68B turboprop engine of 1,600 shaft horse energy, which drives a five-bladed graphite scimitar propeller manufactured by Hartzell; it has been claimed by Pilatus that the PC-21 possesses velocity and climb charges beforehand usually carried out solely by jet-powered plane. It is usually fitted with a high-speed profile wing, rated for maneuvers as much as 8g, full with hydraulically-assisted ailerons and spoilers which allow the execution of fighter-like charges of roll and different maneuvers.

Spanish Air Force Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop-powered Advanced Trainer
Spanish Air Power Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop-powered Superior Coach