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PC-21 A54-001 Buochs 12th August 2016 Photo Stephan Widmer

 
     

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 Project AIR 5428 Australian Defence Force Pilot Training System

Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews MP announced on 06/09/2015 that the consortium of Lockheed Martin, Pilatus and Hawker Pacific was the winning tender.

Acquisition and services contracts worth $1.2 billion were signed on 04/12/2015 by Air Vice-Marshal Leigh Gordon, AM, CSM and Lockheed Martin Australia. The consortium is known as "Team 21"
These contracts are for an initial seven year term and will see the delivery of 49 new Pilatus PC-21 aircraft and 7 flight simulators.

Of the new PC-21s twenty two will be based at No.1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at East Sale, Victoria.
They will also be used to re-equip Central Flying School's Roulettes Display Team.
It is expected four aircraft will serve in the Forward Air Control (FAC) role with No.4 Squadron based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW
A further two PC-21s are expected to serve with the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) located at RAAF Edinburgh, SA
The remaining PC-21 aircraft will replace the PC-9As currently serving with No.
2 Flying Training School (2FTS), at RAAF Pearce, WA

Lockheed Martin will manage the training project, Pilatus will provide the aircraft and through-life support and Hawker Pacific will provide maintenance services and fleet support.
The Singapore Air Force currently operates PC-21 aircraft based at RAAF Pearce under a similar arrangement.

The unsuccessful tender was from a consortium of BAE Systems, CAE Australia and Beechcraft offering the PC-21 based Beech T-6C aircraft.
BAE Systems will continue with its current ADF training at Tamworth, NSW until the end of 2019 when basic flight training will move to East Sale.

From Erik-Jan Engelen; In early April 2016, I saw two primer PC-21s in the final assembly hall at Buochs (Switzerland) with c/n 234 and 235. On 30 April 2016, also c/n 236 and 237 were present and paperwork attached to c/n 236 identified it as a RAAF aircraft. Given the current order book it is believed that all four are for Australia and since c/n 233 was the last aircraft delivered to Qatar most likely c/n 234 will become A51-001

Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG is located in Sans, Switzerland. It is on the edge of the Buochs Airport. The two locations are essentially the same place.

 

 
 

RAAF Serial

Swiss
Registration
Construction
Number

Aircraft data

A54-001

HB-HWA 234 04/2016 sighted in the final assembly hall at Stans
18/07/2016 first engine run at Pilatus factory
21/07/2016 first flight

10/02/2107 departed Buochs on delivery flight to Australia under civil reg HB-HWA. Flown by Pilatus company pilot
18/02/2017 arrived Darwin from final transit stop in Indonesia
20/02/2017 arrived RAAF East Sale
2017 Avalon Airshow static display

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A54-001

A54-002

HB-HWB 235 04/2016 sighted in the final assembly hall at Stans
08/08/2016
first flight
10/02/2107 departed Buochs on delivery flight to Australia under civil reg HB-HWB. Flown by Pilatus company pilot
18/02/2017 arrived Darwin from final transit stop in Indonesia
20/02/2017 arrived RAAF East Sale
20197 Avalon Airshow static display

Highlight for Album: Pilatus PC-21
A54-002

A54-003

HB-HWC 236 30/04/2016 sighted in the final assembly hall at Stans
Paperwork attached to c/n 236 identified it as an RAAF aircraft
02/09/2016 noted undergoing pre-flight tests outside hangar
13/09/2016 photographed flying as HB-HWC

Highlight for Album: Pilatus PC-21 A54-003

A54-004

HB-HWD 237 30/04/2016 sighted in the final assembly hall at Stans
06/10/2016 photographed flying at Buochs

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A54-005

HB-HWE 238 15/11/2016 first flight
09/02/2017 sighted flying at Buochs as HB-HWE

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A54-005

A54-006

HB-HWF 239 09/01/2017 completed first test flight

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A54-007

HB-HWG 240 04/01/2017 towed from the production hall to the final assembly in hanger 9
16/02/2017 first flight

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A54-008

HB-HWH 241 03/01/2017 noted in production hall (hangar 12)
23/03/2017 noted flying at Buochs

Highlight for Album: PC-21 A54-008

A54-009

HB-HWI   16/02/2017 noted in production hall (hangar 12)

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A54-010

    02/03/2017, the fuselage of the A54-010 was towed from the painting shop to the production facility in hangar 12

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A54-011

     

A54-012

     

A54-013

     

A54-014

     

A54-015

     

A54-016

     

A54-017

     

A54-018

     

A54-019

     

A54-020

     

A54-021

     

A54-022

     

A54-023

     

A54-024

     

A54-025

     

A54-026

     

A54-027

     

A54-028

     

A54-029

     

A54-030

     

A54-031

     

A54-032

     

A54-033

     

A54-034

     

A54-035

     

A54-036

     

A54-037

     

A54-038

     

A54-039

     

A54-040

     

A54-041

     

A54-042

     

A54-043

     

A54-044

     

A54-045

     

A54-046

     

A54-047

     

A54-048

     
A54-049      

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HB-HZD 102 Pilatus sent their company PC-21 demonstrator on a tour of Australia in February and March 2010. Obviously it impressed enough of the right people!

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HB-HZD

 
   

Pilatus PC-21
Artists Impression
The A51 prefix shown will be A54 in service

A 2015 artist's impression of the PC-21 in Roulettes scheme.
They have the serial prefix incorrect, we will wait to see if the Roulettes scheme is correct.

 

 

The Author of this page is Martin Edwards

Sources: Pilatus Aircraft. com Defence Media Centre, RAAF News, Aero Australia Magazine, http://www.defence.gov.au/id/Air5428/Drawings.asp

Emails; Erik-Jan Engelen, Stephan Widmer

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Updated 24th March 2017

 

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