Swiss PC-21: ten years of training

The Pilatus PC-21 first entered service with the Swiss Air Force’s Pilotenschule at Emmen in 2008. Bob Fischer reflects on a decade of operations.

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The crew patch issued to members of pilot class PK 12 at Emmen.
The two PC-21s of ‘Gizmo’ flight as photographed by the author during his visit to Emmen on May 23 and 24. The PC-21’s first decade of service was celebrated on September 26.
All photos Bob Fischer

When the Swiss Air Force (SAF) introduced the PC-21 into its training programme, it broke new ground in converting pilots directly from an advanced turboprop aircraft onto the F/A-18C/D Hornet.

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