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PC-21 A54-004
 Over Gippsland Lakes
9th August 2017

 
     

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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

From Stephan Widner The production of Australian aircraft is being interrupted by the construction of 5 for the French Air Force. The construction numbers have been previously allocated so they will be consecutive even if the actual builds are not in strict numerical order.
Australian aircraft c/n 234-282 Jordanian aircraft c/n 283-292 French Aircraft 293-309.
On 22/06/2017 Australian aircraft c/n 244 was along side a French aircraft c/n 293+ in the production hall.

Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG is located in Stans, 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
12/08/2017 took part in official handover ceremony to RAAF CAF at East Sale

Highlight for Album: Pilatus PC-21
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
2017 Avalon Airshow static display
12/08/2017 took part in official handover ceremony to RAAF CAF at East Sale

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
29/04/2017 departed Buochs bound for Australia
06/05/2017 arrived at Darwin
12/08/2017 took part in official handover ceremony to RAAF CAF at East Sale

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
29/04/2017 departed Buochs bound for Australia
06/05/2017 arrived at Darwin
12/08/2017 took part in official handover ceremony to RAAF CAF at East Sale

Highlight for Album: Pilatus PC-21 A54-004

A54-005

HB-HWE 238 15/11/2016 first flight
09/02/2017 sighted flying at Buochs as HB-HWE
02/06/2017 departed Buochs bound for Australia
10/06/2017 arrived at Darwin
12/08/2017 took part in official handover ceremony to RAAF CAF at East Sale

Highlight for Album: Pilatus PC-21
A54-005

A54-006

HB-HWF 239 09/01/2017 completed first test flight
02/06/2017 departed Buochs bound for Australia
10/06/2017 arrived at Darwin
12/08/2017 took part in official handover ceremony to RAAF CAF at East Sale

Highlight for Album: Pilatus PC-21 A54-006

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
22/06/2017 noted fitted with ferry tanks
30/06/2107 scheduled for departure to Australia
8/07/2017 arrived Darwin

Highlight for Album: Pilatus PC-21 A54-007

A54-008

HB-HWH 241 03/01/2017 noted in Production Hall (hangar 12)
23/03/2017 noted flying at Buochs
22/06/2017 noted fitted with ferry tanks
30/06/2107 scheduled for departure to Australia
8/07/2017 arrived Darwin

Highlight for Album: PC-21 A54-008

A54-009

HB-HWI 242 16/02/2017 noted in Production Hall (hangar 12)
10/05/2017 noted flying at Buochs
4/08/2017
departed Buochs bound for Australia
12/08/2017 arrived Darwin

 

Highlight for Album: PC-21 A54-009

A54-010

HB-HWJ 243 02/03/2017, the fuselage of the A54-010 was towed from the painting shop to the Production Hall in hangar 12
12/04/2017 was towed from the Production Hall hangar 12 to the hangar 9 for final assembly
22/05/2017 noted flying at Buochs
4/08/2017 departed Buochs bound for Australia
12/08/2017 arrived Darwin

 

Highlight for Album: PC-21 A54-010

A54-011

HB-HWK 244 22/06/2017 Noted in the Production Hall at Stans
Next to it was a French Air Force PC-21 one of five being built that may cause a temporary delay in the Australian production
13/07/2017 noted with wings attached
13/09/2017 noted ground running outside
10/10/2017 noted fitted with a pair of under wing hard point mounted smoke generators. Was photographed flying with these in operation. They leave two smoke trails a unlike the single trail emitted from the starboard exhaust on the PC-9A

Highlight for Album: PC-21 A54-011

A54-012

HB-HWL 245 10/07/2017 Painted fuselage towed to Production Hall (Hangar 12)
4/08/2107 Fuselage assembly well advanced
12/09/2107
noted in hangar 9 for final assembly
4/10/2017 noted outside carrying out ground running checks
9/10/2017 first flight

 

Highlight for Album: PC-21 A54-012

A54-013

  246 13/07/2017 Fuselage in primer noted in Production Hall (Hangar 12)
3/08/2017 Fuselage painted
12/09/2107 well advanced in hangar 12
26/10/2017 first engine ground runs

Highlight for Album: PC-21 A54-013

A54-014

  247 13/07/2017 Fuselage in primer noted in Production Hall (Hangar 12)
12/09/2107
noted with fuselage painted in hangar 12
10/10/2017 noted in hangar 12 with wings attached
13/11/2017 noted outside having final pre-flight checks carried out

Highlight for Album: PC-21 A54-014

A54-015

  248 4/08/2017 Fuselage in primer noted in Production Hall (Hangar 12)
10/10/2017 noted painted in hangar 12 with wings attached

Highlight for Album: PC-21 A54-015

A54-016

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A54-017

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A54-018

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A54-019

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A54-020

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A54-021

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A54-022

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A54-023

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A54-024

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A54-025

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A54-026

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A54-027

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A54-028

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A54-029

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A54-030

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A54-031

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A54-032

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A54-033

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A54-034

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A54-035

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A54-036

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A54-037

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A54-038

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A54-039

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A54-040

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A54-041

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A54-042

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A54-043

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A54-044

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A54-045

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A54-046

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A54-047

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A54-048

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A54-049   282  

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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!

Highlight for Album: Pilatus PC-21 
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, Jaryd Stock, Sid Mitchell

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Updated 19th November 2017

 

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