With the developers currently well underway with their rework of the Bombardier CRJ Series, people are starting to ask, “What’s next?”
Of course there are those who want more airliners, but we have plenty of airliners, and FDS don’t seem enthusiastic about adding any new commercial aircraft any time soon.
That leaves us with two main camps: The “Military Aircraft Need Better Representation in Infinite Flight” camp, and the “We Demand A New General Aviation Aircraft” camp.
The Pilatus PC-21 would be a good compromise, possessing at least some of the features sought after by both groups.
A Swiss Air Force PC-21 at the Axalp Airshow 2015.
The Pilatus PC-21 is a turboprop powered, tandem twin seat fast jet trainer aircraft, which I believe combines the easy handling characteristics and all round useability of a GA plane, with some of the speed, grace and agility of a military fast jet. Its addition would mean a brand new category of aircraft within Infinite Flight: The fast jet trainer.
Such an aircraft would be ideal not only for less experienced pilots looking for a taste of the fast jet experience, but also for entry level aerobatics teams such as Aerosync’s “Team Hawk”, which currently uses the Cirrus SR22. If you would like to see this aircraft added, please consider giving it a vote.
- Crew: two (student & instructor)
- Length: 11.233 m (36 ft 11 in)
- Wingspan: 9.108 m (29 ft 11 in)
- Height: 3.749 m (12 ft 4 in)
- Wing area: 15.221 m² (163.848 ft²)
- Empty weight: 2,270 kg (5,005 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 3,100 kg (aerobatic) / 4,250 kg (utility) (6,834 lb
(aerobatic) / 9,370 lb (utility))
- Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68B Turboprop engine, 1,200 kW (1,600 shp)
- Maximum speed: 685 km/h (370 knots, 428 mph)
- Stall speed: 170 km/h (92 knots, 106.25 mph) gear and flaps up (20 km/h
less with flaps and gear down)
- Range: 1,333 km (720 nm, 828 miles)
- Service ceiling: 11,580 m (38,000 ft)
- Rate of climb: 1,219 m/min (4,000 ft/min)
- Wing loading: 208 kg/m² (42.7 lb/ft²)
- Power/mass: 0.39 kW/kg (0.23 hp/lb)
- g limits: + 8.0 g to – 4.0 (aerobatic) / + 5.0 g to – 2.5 g (utility)
- Hardpoints: Provisions provided for 4× under-wing and 1× centerline external store stations, capable of mounting up to 1,150 kg (2,540 lb) of payload of air-to-ground weapons to operate in the Counter-insurgency role.