The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a single-engined Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) utility aircraft designed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. First flown in 1959, the PC-6 has been built in both piston engine and turboprop powered versions, and has been built both by Pilatus and by Fairchild Hiller in the United States. It remains in production as of August 2011.
The PC-6 is noted for its Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) performance on almost any type of terrain - it can take off within a distance of 640 feet (195 m) and land within a distance of 427 feet (130 m) while carrying a payload of 2,646 lbs (1,200 kg). Thanks to its STOL performance, the PC-6 holds the world record for highest landing by a fixed-wing aircraft, at 18,865 feet (5,750 m), on the Dhaulagiri glacier in Nepal.
Due to these characteristics, they are frequently used to access short grass mountaintop airstrips in the highlands of Papua Province (Indonesia) and Papua New Guinea.
- Code No.: A340
- Wing Span: 64 in / 1625 mm
- Wing Area: 592 sq in / 38.2 sq dm
- Flying Weight: 5.5 lbs / 2500 g
- Fuselage Length: 45.5 in / 1155 mm
- Engine Required: 40 Size Glow or Electric
- Radio Required: "Glow Power" requires 4-channel radio w/5 standard servos, 2-stroke 0.40-0.46 engine, or "Electric Power" requires 4-channel radio w/ 4 standard servos, Outrunner Motor KM37490750 w/Radial Mount Adaptor HW2340300, 40A Brushless ESC, 4 cells 14.8V 3200mAh Lipo battery and charger