Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pacific Aerospace P-750 XSTOL!

After hanging around the Aero Club for a while today, I got a huge surprise when a Pacific Aerospace P-750 XSTOL [rebranded some time ago from the 750XL], ZK-KBK, registered to the manufacturer, landed and taxied in to park outside of the Aero Club!

Now this is one awesome aircraft! The aircraft was designed and is manufactured in Hamilton and sold all over the world. the P-750 XSTOL is the latest in a line of successful aircraft designed and built by Pacific Aerospace and appears to be popular in the skydiving community, but was also designed for passenger, freight and more. 

Anyway, the pilot [who wished to remain anon] allowed me to jump up into the cockpit and of course I got a few photos from around the outside also. All I can say is that it was comfortable to sit in and I'd certainly like to have a go in this one day... just a pity that my PPL and budget would probably say "no" :-( I can dream!

Here are the photos. First up the outside and then the cockpit and passenger cabin. Last up is the take-off. The website suggests a take off distance of 244 meters [800 feet] - very very believable from what I saw!

Anyway, enough of my rambling... on to the pictures!


Andrew said...

Will never win a beauty prize, but is a very practical aircraft with outstanding field performance.


Rodney said...

You're right Andrew. I bet it is fun to fly also (particularly empty)