Next May, the first of ten Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Pilatus PC-7 turboprop trainer aircraft will return to its Swiss birthplace of Stans for an update of its analogue cockpit. Student pilots will be presented with a digital cockpit in the future.
The RNLAF owns a 13-strong fleet of Pilatus PC-7 trainers, the first of which were delivered in 1989. The air force plans to use the aircraft as a platform for basic flight training for quite some time to come. Service life should last until 2027 at least.
The update also involves reinforcements to the wings and landing gear, securing another 60,000 flight hours for the modernized fleet in total. The update for the remaining three trainers is still being discussed.
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Featured image: A RNLAF PC-7 in its element. (Image © Ministerie van Defensie)