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The Pacific Aerospace P-750 XSTOL ten seat utility aircraft is
having a major impact on operators' profitability in some of the
most demanding locations imaginable.
In Papua New Guinea, for instance the PT6-34 powered turboprop
lets operations like Adventist Aviation to reach remote communities
that were previously unaccessible. They can now reach the
strips with twice as many passengers and three times the cargo load
than they could with other aircraft.
Pacific Aerospace in New Zealand called on 55 years of experience
when developing the XSTOL. Since achieving full FAA (2004) and EASA
(2006) certification Pacific Aerospace has seen the P-750 out
perform its competition in the STOL market. "For that reason
we wanted to differentiate ourselves from our competition and we
have created a new product category that we have called 'XSTOL' for
Extreme Short Take Off and Landing" said Mr Camp. "What's
more we've defined XSTOL as an aircraft that can land and take off
in less than 800ft carrying a load greater than its own empty
weight. The P-750 XSTOL is the only aircraft that can do
With five XSTOL's already operating in Papua New Guinea and another
five on contract to the United Nations World Food Program in Chad,
Sudan and D.R. Congo, and the first recently delivered to Nepal the
XSTOL is proving its strength, reliability and payload performance
in some very demanding locations.
With a very specific "shopping list" Roger Millist, CEO of
Adventist Aviation in PNG found there was not a lot of certified
aircraft available which met all of his criteria. "We operate
into approximately 300 remote bush strips throughout PNG ranging
from 400 to 800m some with up to 18% slopes."
After operating the XSTOL sine early 2007 he says "I can
honestly say the P-750 XSTOL has met and exceeded all our
expectations and confirms daily our choice. There is no
airstrip in the country that we cannot operate the XSTOL into."
With a maximum payload of almost two tons, Adventist Aviation
averages about 1,200kg (2,640lbs) of cargo from some very short and
very rough, highland bush strips as well as carrying 90 to 120
minutes of fuel and sixty minutes reserve at all times due to the
vagaries of the weather.
Pacific Aerospace is exhibiting the P-750 XSTOL at Oshkosh for the
first time this year at location 363. "This is to introduce the
XSTOL to the many missionary and relief work aviation companies and
show them an aircraft that will get their work done without
compromise on payload, performance and reliability" said Mr
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