The aircraft is a Swiss built single-engine, turbo-prop, multi-role aircraft, which offers significant mission versatility across a wide variety of roles, including passenger, cargo, medical and surveillance operations. These are facilitated by a large cargo door, special mission platforms and air ambulance equipment.
The aircraft can be reconfigured rapidly for various operations, carry large loads over a long range and operate from short semi-prepared runways. The aircraft is equipped to operate day and night. Its pressurised cabin enables it to operate above-weather and improves fuel economy.
The four PC-12NG aircraft will be operated by 104 Squadron, as part of No.1 Operations Wing. To date, this aircraft has seen significant utilisation throughout Europe and North Africa providing support to the the HSE, An Garda Siochana and the wider Defence Forces.
|Pilatus PC-12 Statistics|
|Aircraft Type||Pilatus PC-12/47E|
|Role(s)||Logistics, Air Ambulance, Military Transport, Intelligence, Surveillance and Resonnaisance|
|Crew||2 Pilots and up to 9 Passengers|
|Powerplant||1 x Pratt and Whitney PT6A-67P|
|Wing Span||53.4 ft|
|Pilatus PC-12 Performance|
|Max T/O Weight||4700kh (10450 lbs)|
|Service Ceiling||30,000 feet|
|Cruise Speed||270 knots|
|Maximum Speed||280 knots|
|Range||1500 Nautical Miles|