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Latest Jordanian PC-21s prepare for delivery

Photo: RJAF PC-21 serial 1179 (c/n 292, HB-HXJ), heads out for its first flight on July 30. Stephan Widmer

 

The latest two examples from a batch of four new PC-21 turboprop trainers ordered for the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) have begun their test flights at the Pilatus facility at Stans-Buochs, Switzerland.

Serial 1178 (c/n 291, HB-HXI) was seen outside the factory on July 30, and serial 1179 (c/n 292, HB-HXJ) completed its first flight on the same day.

In August 2015, Pilatus announced that the RJAF had ordered nine PC-9Ms for delivery from January 2017.

An announcement by Esterline Electronics in July 2016 that it was to supply its cockpit avionics for eight Jordanian PC-21s confirmed that previous plans by the RJAF to acquire nine PC-9Ms had been revised and eight PC-21s would be acquired instead. The first of these was seen outside the factory, still incomplete but fully painted in RJAF colours, in September 2016. It successfully completed its maiden flight on November 15, 2016. The second first flew on November 30, 2016. Two further aircraft had been ordered by December 2016.

In January 2017, Pilatus announced that another two PC-21s had also been ordered, taking the RJAF fleet total to 12 PC-21s.

The first two RJAF PC-21s were delivered last August. The eight aircraft from the first batch (serials 1170 to 1177) had all been delivered by the end of last year. The type is in service with 11 Squadron at Al Mafraq, replacing the C-101 Aviojet.

RJAF PC-21 serial 1178 (c/n 291, HB-HXI), outside the Pilatus factory on July 30. Stephan Widmer

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