Defence Forces 2016Flags for Schools Initiative

As part of Ireland’s Centenary Programme to commemorate the 1916 Rising, Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces, will play a key role in everything from State Ceremonial to assistance for our Local Authorities, our schools and our communities.

The first major task for Defence Forces 2016 is the delivery of an Irish Flag to every Primary School in the country, starting on 14th September 2015.

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Pilatus PC 9M

The Air Corps currently operates seven Pilatus PC-9M aircraft. These aircraft first entered service in 2004 and operate as the main pilot training aircraft for the Air Corps.

The PC-9M is equipped with a comprehensive, fully tandem-capable VFR/IFR avionics package for navigation, communication and identification, using state of the art equipment. The PC-9M features modern avionics including a Head Up Display (HUD) and Electronic Flight Instrumentation System (EFIS) where primary instruments are displayed. The PC-9M is fitted with a Martin-Baker CG-A Ejection Seat which provides safe escape for the pilot from sea level to its operational ceiling at any airspeed greater than 65 knots.


  • Ab Initio Pilot Training
  • Advanced Pilot Training
  • Instructor Pilot Training
  • Close Air Support
Pilatus PC-9M Statistics
Aircraft Type Pilatus PC-9M
Role(s) Ab Initio, Advanced & Instructor Pilot Training and Close Air Support
Crew 1 Pilot & 1 Student
Powerplant 1 x Pratt & Whitney PT6A-62 turbo prop
Wing Span 10.19 metres (33 feet, 5 inches)
Height 3.25 metres (10 feet, 8 inches)
Length 10.16 mts. (33 feet, 4 inches)
Armament 2 x Rocket Pods - Holding x 2.75” (70mm) ‘FN LAU 7’ Folding Fin Aerial Rockets
2 x .5” FN HMG - Each gun with a 250 round belt
Entered Service 2004

Pilatus PC-9M Training Flight

Pilatus PC-9M Performance
Max T/O Weight 3,200 Kilogrammes (7,050 pounds)
Service Ceiling 25,000 feet
Cruise Speed 275 knots
Maximum Speed 320 knots
Endurance 4 hours, 30 minutes
Range 850 Nautical Miles

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