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Royal Australian Air Force operates 67 aircraft - 2 were supplied directly by Pilatus, 17 were assembled from Pilatus-supplied kits and 48 were built in Australia by Hawker de Havilland. The type is also used by the Roulettes aerobatic display team of the RAAF.


Pilatus PC-9M

Specifications

General characteristics

Crew: one or two pilots

Length: 10.69 m (35 ft 1 in)

Wingspan: 10.11 m (33 ft 2 in)

Height: 3.26 m (10 ft 8 in)

Wing area: 16.3 m2 (175 sq ft)

Empty weight: 1,725 kg (3,803 lb)

Gross weight: 2,250 kg (4,960 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 3,200 kg (7,055 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop, 857 kW (1,149 hp)flat-rated at 708 kW (950 shp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 593 km/h (368 mph; 320 kn)

Cruising speed: 552 km/h (343 mph; 298 kn) KTAS at 10,000 ft

Stall speed: 141 km/h (88 mph; 76 kn) CAS flaps and gear up (Vs), 67 KCAS (124 km/h) flaps and gear down (Vso)

Range: 1,593 km (990 mi; 860 nmi)

Service ceiling: 11,580 m (37,992 ft)

G limits: + 7.0 g + 4.5 g / – 3.5 g – 2.25 g

Rate of climb: 20.8 m/s (4,090 ft/min)

Take-off distance over 50 ft (15 m) obstacle at sea level: 1,300 ft (397 m)

Landing distance over 50 ft (15 m) obstacle at sea level 2,255 ft (687 m)

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