Yesterday, Dan Klaue took the wraps off his latest in-house project - the Pilatus PC-6, which is to be published under his personal Thranda brand. The PC-6 Porter is a single-engined STOL utility aircraft that's designed and manufactuered by Pilatus in Switzerland, still being manufactured today - with over 600 examples produced, the aircraft is still selling after six decades with intentions to stop production early next year. At a time the aircraft is also produced under license from Fairchild Hiller.
The developer says that at least two versions of the aircraft will be offered, with quite likely an expansion pack which introduces several more variants including floats, tundra tires, parachute jumper configuration, G1000 option, and different engine models.
The base product will most likely start out as the "B1" version, fitted with a 410-kW (550-shp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20 turboprop engine and equipped with mostly steam gauges as the base pack. There will be several configuration options possible in real-time via pop-up menus similar to the Kodiak.
The screenshots shows that the attention to detail in the modelling is no less than whats present in the Kodiak:
Whilst the prospect of a detailed PC-6 simulation is neverless exciting, we can't help but ponder what does this mean to the progress of the ERJ Update? Especially when X-Crafts has proudly unveiled the news of them developing the series. Nonetheless, we can wait to see what will become of this PC-6 (and the ERJ!).