Pilatus Porter PC-6 details Pt. III.

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I am posting the Pilatus interior details – as was promised in the first article dedicated to this plane. All following photographs were shot inside of only one machine, the PC-6 type serving in Austrian army, so there can be probably some differences present within this type or with other than Austrian serviced Pilatuses. I have made no such comparison yet.

Pilatus Porter cockpit, main instrument panel

1/ Interior overview

Firstly let us look at the whole Pilatus interior – to get a better notion of its arrangement and how large the space there is. We can focus at the particular details later in this post.

Pilatus Porter cockpit, overview, looking forward

The camera is looking through the opened left-hand (port) side rear doors diagonally toward the right-hand (starboard) front door (upper image). Please note the blue colored pilot’s harness (upper left portion of the image). The co-polot’s harness is also mounted dispite of his seat absence.

The cockpit floor seen through the right-hand (starboard) sliding door (lower image).

Pilatus Porter cockpit, overview, floor

The camera is looking rearwards now (lower image) to show us the rest of the interior –  with all vast doors opened here.

Pilatus Porter cockpit, overview, rear seats

Here is the pilot’s office seen throuhg the left-hand (port) side front door (lower image). Both front doors are opened here.

Pilatus Porter cockpit, overview, pilot's seats

And now the same area but seen through the opposite door:

Pilatus Porter cockpit,  left side

2/ Interior details

For your better orientation all the close-ups photographed in the cockpit were divided into sections. The most interesting area for me was the main instrument panel and all the space below it, then the pilot’s seat details and finally the ceiling wall with its details.

a) Main instrument panel

Most pictures regarding the cockpit instruments were shot and provided by Juraj Bojkovsky – thank you for the great work Juraj!

Pilatus Porter cockpit, main instrument panel, left-hand portion

These two pics (upper and lower) depict the main instrument panel as was shot directly from the pilot’s seat.

Pilatus Porter cockpit, main instrument panel, right-hand portion

Two more shots showing us the main instrument panel in an angle – to overcome the flatness of upper pictures. Throttle levers with their draw-bars are better visible here too.

Pilatus Porter cockpit, main instrument panel, center portion

For your better orientation please note: the light green bar running up the windshield is in the center of it. You can see the opened cowling in front of  the green-tinted glass of the windshield (both pictures). 

Pilatus Porter cockpit, main instrument panel

And again – the main instrument panel photographed in an angle. The photographer sits at the pilot’s seat:

Pilatus Porter cockpit, main instrument panel

Now let us look down below the main panel – there are no less interesting details for us modelers I’d say.

b) Space below the main panel

Pilatus Porter cockpit, below main instrument panel, right

The camera stayed at the same place but it is looking a bit downwards (upper picture). We can see the cockpit controls and the polstered front and right-hand inner walls here.

The pilot’s seat is occupied by a child now (lower picture). Mr. photographer had to move aside – his camera is looking towards the left-hand (port) side wall – we can see the portion between the pilot’s door and the front cross wall (olive brown polstered).

Pilatus Porter cockpit, below main instrument panel, left

The child-pilot was changed here :-) So was changed the angle:

Pilatus Porter cockpit, below main instrument panel, left

And the zoom…

Pilatus Porter cockpit, below main instrument panel, left

… to explore the whole area thoroughly.

Please note: the co-pilot’s rudder pedals are absent (upper picture). Instead there is only what should be the footrests – but adjusted a bit more ahead – when compared to those of the pilot.

This is the same area but photographed from a different point (lower picture). The camera is placed behind the pilot’s contol stick looking toward the (olive brown polstered) cross wall. The pilot’s rudder pedals are well visible here.

Pilatus Porter cockpit, below main instrument panel, right

Now let us look at the opposite (right-hand side) front corner again – to be sure not to miss any detail there.

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The camera is looking through the opened left-hand (port) side front door diagonally toward the right-hand (starboard) front corner of the cockpit (upper & lower images).

You can see the whole control sticks on these two picturs and more.

Please note: the Fuel system valve is attached to the front door frame (lower left corner of the picture above). The snake-like brown tube should be the air conditioning duct. It ends up with the air vents just below the main instrument console. The fuel valve and air vent above it are well visible here:

Pilatus Porter cockpit, below main instrument panel

The following two pictures are focused at the pilot’s rudder pedals mechanizms:

Pilatus Porter cockpit, below main instrument panel, right side

Pilatus Porter cockpit, below main instrument panel, middle

Children left the plane for a while. It is a chance to document the pilot’s seat now.

c) Pilot’s Seat details

Pilatus Porter interior, pilot's seat

The pilot’s seat photographed from outside through the opened front door (upper picture).

The same seat photographed from outside through the opened rear slide door (lower picture).

Pilatus Porter interior, pilot's seat and console

Here is a closer look at the pilot’s seat, harness and attached instrument console:

Pilatus Porter interior, pilot's seat console

Pilatus Porter interior, pilot's seat console

The co-pilot’s seat was removed. Its 4 anchoring points remained:

Pilatus Porter interior, co-pilot's seat removed

Are you bored sneaking close the floor? O.K. We can look up and take a look at the ceiling instead :-)

 d) Ceiling wall details

We are beginning with the frontmost part of the ceiling wall just behind the windscreen (three following pictures).

Pilatus Porter interior, ceiling wall, front portion

Lower picture is differently tilted to see the wing-to-fuselage connection too (near right edge of the picture). Please do not miss the shape of  the windshield edge – a place where it reaches the wing and the door frame:

Pilatus Porter interior, ceiling wall, front portion

The same (front) portion of the ceiling wall but shot through the opposite door (following picture). The flash was used, so the windscreen mirrored the interior components  showing them in a strange way – contrary to the upper two pictures. They were shot without flash so the hangar structure is seen instead.

Pilatus Porter interior, ceiling wall, windscreen

Now the camera is placed beside the pilot’s place. It is looking backwards and up showing us all the long top:

Pilatus Porter interior, ceiling wall, rear portion

This is the top wall as seen through the rear slide-door frame (two pictures below):

Pilatus Porter interior, ceiling wall, center portion

Pilatus Porter interior, ceiling wall, center portion, left-hand side

Please do not miss the flap hinges seen outside / below the wing underside (upper picture).

The same place shot through the opposite door (lower picture).

Pilatus Porter interior, ceiling wall, center portion, right-hand side

This was all what could be chosen from the given bundle of photographs and posted here – to map the whole Austrian Pilatus PC-6 interior. I hope it can be somehow helpful for you… I’d be glad if you left a note how you enjoyed this post eventually.

All the pictures were adjusted to lower size prior to publishing them – to make this post less sluggish while browsing it. If you need some special part in closer detail, do not hesitate to contact me.

And by the way… many interesting pictures showing various outer details i. e. doors, whole undercarriage structure, surface skin details, aerials, lamps and other specs are left unsorted and unposted yet. Some selection will be made and published in the fourth post dedicated to this nice Pilatus soon :-)

Note: Here you can find my previous Pilatus detailing post – PC-6 details Pt. II.

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Images Copyright © 2014 by Marcel Meres & Juraj Bojkovský.
Text Copyright © 2014 by Marcel Meres.

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