IACE 2019 – Day 14
We started the day of with breakfast at the Tennisschugele, we then proceeded to take an hour drive to the Pilatus factory. Yet again, the views on the way to Pilatus were fantastic. Once we arrived at the Pilatus factory, we met up with our tour guide Sam. He took us to a very nice media room in the factory where he showed us some videos about the different types of Pilatus aircraft and the challenges, they face in day to day life. For example, the The Royal Flying Doctor Sevice which is located in Australia, they use Pilatus airplanes daily to save people’s lives in remote locations. The Pilatus PC-12 and PC-24 are great aircraft for these situations because they are able to land on grass and gravel which not a lot of aircraft of this size are allowed to do. After the nice introduction we walked towards the apron where some PC-12’s where lined up. We split the into two groups and got to fly above the alps! After a very impressive approach by our (test) pilot we made our way to the assembly lines and paint shops of the factory. It was very amazing to see all the aircraft lined up and being assembled. Furthermore, we went for lunch at the factory’s cafeteria. We gave out certificates and said our goodbyes. We then took the car to the town of Lucerne where we had some free time to walk around. Some of us cadets rented some pedal boats and enjoyed the lake. We visited sites like the Chapel Bridge and sat down at a terrace. We slowly made our way back to Grenchen and ate a nice dinner at the Tennisschugele. All in all, it was a great day with more awesome experiences the other cadets and I will never forget.
Josca (Dutch Cadet)