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Pacific Aerospace PAC 750XL / P-750 XSTOL
PAC 750XL - N750SD
2004 Pacific Aerospace PAC 750XL
N750SD (sn 111) comming in to pick-up another load of skydivers at the Skydive Milwaukee Facility in East Troy, WI USA
Photo taken July 31, 2010
East Troy Municipal Airport, WI - USA (57C)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler

The P-750 XSTOL, (formally known as the PAC 750XL) is a utility aircraft of conventional all-metal low-wing monoplane design, with fixed tricycle undercarriage. Combining the engine and wings of the PAC Cresco with a new large fuselage and modified tail, all versions to date have been powered by a 750 hp (560 kW) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop. It is designed and manufactured in Hamilton, New Zealand by Pacific Aerospace Limited.

Pacific Aerospace PAC 750XL - ZK-JPP
2004 Pacific Aerospace PAC 750XL
ZK-JPP (sn 106)
Taxiing for take-off to unload another load of skydivers. Sadly, this PAC 750XL crashed on September 21, 2008 near Pont-en-Ogoz FR Switzerland, with two lives lost.
Photo taken May 29, 2004
Luzern-Beromünster - Switzerland - (LSZO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
PAC 750XL - Cockpit - ZK-JPP
2004 Pacific Aerospace PAC 750XL
Cockpit of ZK-JPP (sn 106)
Image taken May 29, 2004
Luzern-Beromünster - Switzerland - (LSZO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
PAC 750XL - Interior View - ZK-JPP
2004 Pacific Aerospace PAC 750XL
Interior view of ZK-JPP (sn 106)
Image taken May 29, 2004
Luzern-Beromünster - Switzerland - (LSZO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler

Design and development

The design made its maiden flight in 2001. As with the Cresco, horizontal tail surfaces presented difficulties, and these were redesigned before the type entered production. The PAC 750 received full US FAA certification in 2004.

The type was targeted initially to the narrow market of skydiving. In the parachuting role, the high-lift wings from the Cresco and relatively high power to weight ratio enable the PAC 750 to take a load of parachutists to 12,000 feet (3,700 m) and return to land within 15 minutes.

A wider market was subsequently sought, and examples have been sold for use in utility roles, including freight, agricultural applications, passenger operations, aerial photography and surveying. One aircraft has been extensively modified for geo-survey work, being fitted with a Magnetic anomaly detector sting tail. Proposed ski and float conversions have yet to fly. The PAC 750XL is used in South Africa by NatureLink on United Nations Humanitarian Air Services / World Food Programme contracts. While the manufacturer claims single-engine lower running costs than many other utility types, for example, the twin-engined DHC-6 Twin Otter though the type has less usable volume (large cargo panniers providing a partial solution).

Over 50 aircraft have been ordered in New Zealand by 2008, when the manufacturer stated production was increasing from 12 to 24 per year.

In New Zealand there has been some media criticism of government assistance for the manufacturer following cancellation of a large order, (and the related plan to manufacture the aircraft in North America).

The aircraft is currently marketed as the P-750 XSTOL.

Accidents

PAC 750 registration ZK-UAC was lost on 26th December 2003 after ditching in the Pacific Ocean during a ferry flight from New Zealand to the United States. The pilot, Kelvin Stark, did not survive the ditching.

PAC 750 registration ZK-JPP was lost on 21st September 2008 after crashing in the Forest of Gibloux, near Gumefens, Switzerland. Both crew members were killed in the crash.

Specifications

General characteristics
Crew: 1 (pilot)
Capacity: Pilot + 9 passengers or 17 parachutists
Length: 38 ft 10 in (11.84 m)
Wingspan: 42 ft 0 in (12.80 m)
Height: 13 ft 3 in (4.04 m)
Wing area: 268 ft² (24.88 m²)
Empty weight: 3100 lb (1410 kg)
Gross weight: 7500 lb (3395 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34, 750 hp (560 kW)

Performance
Maximum speed: 196 mph (314 km/h)
Cruise speed: 195 mph (315 km/h)
Range: 670 miles (1078 km)
Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6098 m)

Last updated January 03, 2011
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