While the annual Lučko Airshow, held over the weekend of 15 & 16 September, was just as lackluster as expected, it did have one bright spark which had immediately drawn me in :). Among the usual blend of Cessnas, Pipers and gliders – most of which are native to the field – we’d also been graced by a visit from the second turboprop of the month, a mint white Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4.
Registered S5-CMA and owned by the air service provider Aviofun of neighboring Slovenia, this fantastically charismatic aircraft had been tasked with almost round-the-clock skydive operations at the show, and had stayed on an additional day to do the same during the follow-on skydive competition. Unfortunately for it, Lučko is completely dry as far as Jet A is concerned, which had necessitated several trips to nearby Zagreb Intl. to refuel. Fortunately for me though, a couple of friends and I had managed to hitch a ride on one of these flights – with many thanks to the pilot! – giving me my first opportunity to enjoy the PC-6 in flight… 🙂