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10 Reasons Bush Pilots Love The Pilatus PC-6 Porter

The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is robust, high performing, and can carry a heavy payload in some of the world's most extreme flying conditions.

1) The Turbo Porter's takeoff distance over a 50 foot obstacle is 1,444 feet.

2) And it's landing distance over a 50 foot obstacle is 1,033 feet - That's shorter than the landing distance of the much smaller Cessna 172 Skyhawk!

3) It's full-flaps (Vso) stall speed is a low 52 knots.

4) That low of a stall speed is crazy for an airplane that has a maximum takeoff weight of 6,173 pounds!

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5) It's a big airplane at over 35 feet long and a wingspan of 52 feet.

6) A fixed two-wheel landing gear gives the PC-6 much greater propellor ground clearance and overall stability for rough environments, unlike an airplane with a nose wheel.

7) With underwing tanks, you can fly up to 870 nautical miles at 10,000 feet.


8) If you're climbing out and over terrain, you'll appreciate its 1,010 fpm climb rate.

9) Sliding cargo doors and easy seat removal allow the Turbo Porter to be quickly configured from carrying passengers to cargo.

10) Depending on configuration and fuel, you can load up to 2,646 pounds of payload into the PC-6.

Matt Dearden

Check out Matt Dearden's story about what it's like to fly the PC-6 Turbo Porter around the mountains of Papua.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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