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The Air Corps currently operates eight 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 TypePilatus PC-9M
Role(s)Ab Initio, Advanced & Instructor Pilot Training and Close Air Support
Crew1 Pilot & 1 Student
Powerplant1 x Pratt & Whitney PT6A-62 turbo prop
Wing Span10.19 metres (33 feet, 5 inches)
Height3.25 metres (10 feet, 8 inches)
Length10.16 mts. (33 feet, 4 inches)
Armament2 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 Service2004

Pilatus PC-9M Performance
Max T/O Weight3,200 Kilogrammes (7,050 pounds)
Service Ceiling25,000 feet
Cruise Speed275 knots
Maximum Speed320 knots
Endurance4 hours, 30 minutes
Range850 Nautical Miles