The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a modern Swiss multirole aircraft. The flight of the prototype took place in 1959, and serial production started in the same year and - according to company plans - is to last until 2019. About 600 machines of this type have been built so far. The machine - in the PC-6 B2 version - is 11 meters long with a wingspan of 15.87 meters. The drive is provided by a single Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-27 engine with a power of 680 HP.
The PC-6 model was developed by the Swiss company Pilatus Flugzeugwerke in Stans, Switzerland. The company wanted to create a multi-purpose, single-engine high-wing aircraft with STOL properties, i.e. shortened take-off and landing. These goals were achieved and the PC-6 Porter aircraft turned out to be a successful design. In the course of production, many versions were created (e.g. PC-6 A-1, A-2, B1, B2 or B2-H-2), which differed from each other mainly in the drive units used. It is worth adding that the machine was manufactured under license by Fairchild Aircraft under the name Fairchild Hiller.