Pilatus Aircraft Inc.
Pilatus Aircraft Inc. is highly regarded due to the excellent performance and reliability of their products, which they owe to their turboprop engines. The flagship of the company’s reputation is the Pilatus PC-6 Porter, in production for more than 40 years. The civil program has been supplemented since the mid- 1990s by a single-engine business aircraft, the PC-12. In 1945, the company produced its first military training aircraft and to date has sold more than 750 Pilatus trainers to customers in more than 20 countries. In order to secure their leadership role in the trainer market of the future. Pilatus’ high-tech specialists worked at full speed on a new project. The PC-21, which undertook its maiden flight in 2003, was planned to be certified in 2004 and released to the market. For the first time in the history in Pilatus, the most advanced development methods and tools were used to implement this ambitious project.
Challenge:Achieve three core objectives for the PC-21 project: Superior aerodynamic performance when compared with any other turboprop trainer currently on the market; a more powerful, flexible, and cost-effective integrated training system than any other turboprop or jet trainer; and a lifecycle support cost that did not exceed current turboprop benchmarks.
Solution:MSC ADAMS was used for the design of control kinematics. In order to increase the use of multi-body simulations in the future, Pilatus engineers used MSC.ADAMS as part of its Multiphysics Applications in which kinematic simulation is combined with structural mechanics data.