The latest version of the Pilatus PC-6 is the PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter, a highly robust multipurpose aircraft that is extremely economical to fly and maintain. Its excellent short take-off and landing capabilities (STOL) allow it to operate in environments which are inaccessible to many other aircraft.
The PC-6 can be converted quickly and in line with customer needs for a wide variety of different tasks. With its large sliding doors on both sides, the Porter is perfect for paradropping, ambulance transport and cargo/passenger flights. An optional floor hatch enables the installation of cameras or other technical equipment for surveillance flights, photographic missions and laser imaging. Equipped with a tow hook, the PC-6 can also carry out towed flights. Skis enable landings on glaciers and snowfields. Fitted with floats, the PC-6 is equally at home on water. If a sand filter system is installed, the PC-6 can even be operated in the desert or in especially dusty environments. A special tank with a capacity of 1300 litres can be accommodated in the cabin to enable deployment on firefighting missions. Spraying assignments can also be carried out with the addition of certain items of other equipment.
The Pilatus Porter began over 45 years ago and looks set to continue well into the future.