To train the next generation of military pilots, Pilatus developed the 21st Century Trainer: the Pilatus PC-21, designed and built specifically with student pilots in mind.
With air force budgets under continuous pressure, the PC-21 provides a cost-effective and highly efficient training solution. On the PC-21, pilots destined to fly fighter aircraft do not need to transition to jets until much later than those flying conventional trainer aircraft, reducing cost and training time.
To achieve this, Pilatus significantly expanded the design and performance envelope to take this single-engine turboprop into an area that was, until now, exclusively the domain of jet trainer aircraft. In this video, you can climb aboard the PC-21, sit in the instructor's seat and take off on a production test flight over Switzerland.
You'll see and feel what breathtaking and high-performance manoeuvres can be flown with the 21st Century Trainer. So grab your VR headset and strap in! 360-degree videos are recordings where a view in every direction is recorded at the same time, shot using an omnidirectional camera.
During playback, the viewer has control of the viewing direction like a panorama, a form of virtual reality.