Pilatus Aircraft is to end production of the Porter PC-6 multi-role, short takeoff and landing single-engine turboprop.
The PC-6 has been in production at Pilatus HQ in Stans, Switzerland since 1959, with 500 made. A further 100 have been manufactured in the USA under licence. Spares and support for the PC-6 will continue for at least another 20 years.
The PC-6 delivered an international breakthrough for Pilatus. Its short takeoff and landing capabilities and general versatility earned it worldwide fame and a reputation as a robust ‘all-rounder’. Amongst its many achievements, the Pilatus Porter has flown several cargo and passenger trips at maximum useful load to an altitude of 5700 metres above sea level – a world record that has not been bettered even to this day!
Pilatus says it is no longer possible to further develop the Porter because of its age and other certification parameters. There’s also the not inconsiderable call on resources that the new PC-24 twin-engine jet will make.
Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pilatus, said, “I am proud that the PC-6 featured in the Pilatus product portfolio, this aircraft has earned us fame and recognition worldwide.
“But the time has now come to take a dispassionate look at the facts and admit that every product has a life cycle which must come to an end sooner or later. That moment has arrived for the PC-6. With an eye on the future, however, we now look forward to the imminent market launch of the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet, which embodies, and carries forward, all the original values of the PC-6.”
Last opportunity to order
Pilatus will accept orders for the PC-6 latest until mid of 2018. The number of aircraft available is limited. Existing customers may depend on at least 20 years of support and spare parts for the PC-6, ensuring reliable continuing operations well into the future, in line with the Pilatus motto, “Customer First”.