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The End of an Era: Pilatus to discontinue production of the legendary Pilatus Porter PC-6

IT BROUGHT fame to the Pilatus name worldwide – the Pilatus Porter PC-6. This multirole aircraft has been produced at Stans, Switzerland, without interruption since 1959,currently in small numbers, namely ten machines per year at the most.

The PC-6 is one of the world's longest-running production stories in aviation industry. That will come to an end in early 2019 when production will be discontinued. Support will be provided to existing customers for the next 20 years at least, thereby ensuring reliable ongoing PC-6 operations. Pilatus has produced a total of 500 PC-6s in Stans since 1959.

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Slightly fewer than 100 machines were additionally produced in the USA under licence. 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”.

Among its many achievements, the Pilatus Porter has flown several cargo and passenger trips at maximum useful load to an altitude of 18 700 feet above sea level – a world record that has not been bettered even to this day.


The Pilatus name stands for “high tech” and latest generation aircraft. In line with this philosophy, the company’s products benefit from ongoing development to ensure they match the most recent standards. Due to the age of the PC-6 and other certification parameters, it is no longer possible to provide this ongoing development in the scope the company would wish.

“Also in connection with its new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet, for which series production is currently gearing up in Stans, and which requires our full attention, the company decided that the PC-6 no longer fits its product portfolio, and that, after 60 years, it is now time to cease production.

Employees previously engaged on the PC-6 production line will be assigned to assembly work on Pilatus’ other aircraft types,” the company said......................... For the FULL ARTICLE please subscribe to our digital edition.

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