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A geologist’s wish list aircraft for serious trips to the field—the Pilatus PC-6

13 October 2016

A geologist would do well to have two piece of gear made by the Swiss—the inveterate Swiss Army knife and the preeminent Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. PC-6. With the Porter, plenty of gear can travel a long way and land just about anywhere with its tremendous STOL performance. The main cabin has wide entry doors on each side as are cockpit doors—handy in limited areas. Camera ports and a hatch in the main cabin floor lend themselves to a variety of applications from photography to mapping. Long range, heavy loads, rough strip capable and as rugged as a geologist’s rucksack 🙂

 

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The Pilatus Porter has STOL performance which impresses—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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Hardly straining to reach the sky—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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A Pilatus PC-6 turboprop powered Porter on amphibious floats—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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A Pilatus PC-6 turboprop powered Porter on amphibious floats can go just about any remote location—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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The Porter gets longer legs with wing mounted auxiliary tanks—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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The Porter gets longer legs with wing mounted auxiliary tanks—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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The Porter gets longer legs with wing mounted auxiliary tanks—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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Porters are comfortably flown high or low—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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The Porter has excellent marks as a utility aircraft—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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Pilatus Porters often have spectacular paint liveries—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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Pilatus Porters often have spectacular paint liveries—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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The main cabin’s roominess of the Porter is especially attractive—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

STANS/NW, 06. OKTOBER 2009 - PILATUS AIRCRAFT LDT.: NEUES COCKPIT PC-6: Fotodok Pilatus Aircraft Ldt.: Ein Revival nach fast 50 Jahren: Neues Cockpit PC-6 mit Garmin-System. Auftrag: Jerome Zbinden, Public Relations Pilatus Aurcraft Ldt. Stans. ths/Photo by: E.T.STUDHALTER / PILATUS AIRCRAFT *** Local Caption *** DigitalPhoto

The cockpit is efficient and smartly done—E.T. Studhalter image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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Another example of the Porter’s voluminous main cabin, here equipped with a down looking FLIR camera using the floor hatch and operator seat on the left—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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A Porter wings away to what adventure or exploration?—image provided by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. 13 October 2016 02:22

    The pics were sooo beautiful…Thanks for the info…

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