Feb 24, 2014

First Qatari PC-21 enters ground test

Pilatus conducted the first engine ground runs with a PC-21 for export to Qatar.
Aircraft QA 350 is the lead trainer from a 24-unit deal signed in July 2012. This also includes ground-based training systems and associated equipment for use at a new training academy for the Qatar Emiri Air Force, plus maintenance services.
The PC-21's entry into ground testing comes ahead of scheduled deliveries from mid-2014. Training activities with the type are due to commence during 2015. All 24 aircraft are due to be delivered before the end of the same year.
Qatar will become the fifth nation to introduce the new-generation PC-21, following Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

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