Mk 15 Ejection Seat

Designed for the PC-7 training aircraft.


1 life saved using a Mk15 ejection seat

Previously featured in the Pilatus PC-7 training aircraft

The decision to develop the Mk15 seat followed research carried out among military operators of the Pilatus PC-7. This showed that, while they were satisfied with the aircraft’s performance in its role of trainer, many would have liked the extra safety and reassurance of a high-quality ejection system.

With the addition of ejection seats, the PC-7 gains a greater degree of similarity with operational aircraft and students can receive early instruction on the disciplines necessary for working with this type of safety device.

Aircraft fitted: PC-7
Operating ceiling 40,000ft (12,192m)
Minimum height/speedZero/60 in near level attitude
Crew boarding mass range69 – 98 kg
Crew size rangePC-7 specific crew size range
Maximum Speed for ejection300 KIAS
Parachute typeGQ Type 3000
Parachute deploymentDrogue assisted
Drogue ParachuteYes
Drogue deploymentCartridge initiated
Harness typeCombined
Ejection seat operation typeEjection guns
Ejection gunTwin
Ejection initiationHandle on seat pan initiates gas operated seat firing system
Automatic back-up unitNo
Electronic sequencerNo
Barostatic time-release unitYes, cartridge initiated
TimersDrogue gun time delay
Seat adjustment Reaction cord system
Arm restraintsFiring handle remains attached to seat pan to help prevent flailing
Leg restraintsNo
Oxygen supplyBottled emergency oxygen
Personal survival packYes, manual deployment and liferaft inflation (if carried)
Aircrew servicesNo
Command ejectionNo
Canopy jettisonNo
Miniature detonating cordNo
Canopy fracturing systemGas-fired bullet
Interseat sequencing systemNo

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