|A Kenn Borek Air Basler BT-67 at Williams Field, Antarctica (2008)|
|Manufacturer||Basler Turbo Conversions|
|Developed from||Douglas DC-3|
The Basler BT-67 is a fixed-wing aircraft produced by Basler Turbo Conversions of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It is built on a retrofitted Douglas DC-3 airframe, with modifications designed to improve the DC-3's serviceable lifetime. The conversion includes fitting the airframe with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R turboprop engines, lengthening the fuselage, strengthening the airframe, upgrading the avionics, and making modifications to the wings' leading edge and wing tip.
Due to the slightly higher fuel consumption of the turbine engines of the BT-67, compared to the original piston designs fitted to the standard DC-3, range on the standard fuel tank, with 45 minute reserve, is reduced from 1,160 to 950 nautical miles (2,150 to 1,760 km). Basler provide a long-range fuel tank which increases the aircraft range to 2,140 nmi (3,960 km).
- Aerocontractors, United States
- Antarctic Logistics Centre International (ALCI), South Africa
- Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
- Bell Geospace Aviation, Inc, United States
- Kenn Borek Air, Canada
- Polar Research Institute of China, China
- Spectrem Air Surveys, South Africa
- United States Forest Service, United States
- World Air Logistics, Thailand
Accidents and incidents
- Crew: Two (pilot & co-pilot)
- Capacity: 38 Passengers
- Length: 67 ft 9 in (20.65 m)
- Wingspan: 95 ft 0 in (28.95 m)
- Height: 16 ft 11 in (5.15 m)
- Empty weight: 15,700 lb (7,121 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 28,750 lb (13,041 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R turboprop engines, 1,281 shp (955 kW) each
- Propellers: 5-bladed Hartzell constant speed propellers, 9 ft 7 in (2.92 m) diameter
- Cruise speed: 210 kn (242 mph; 389 km/h)
- Range: 2,140 nmi (2,463 mi; 3,963 km) with 45 minute reserve and long-range fuel tank
- Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
- Related development
- Related lists
- "FAA Registry Name Inquiry Results". FAA. 2012-03-12. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
Name inquiry with FAA for "Basler Turbo" returns 26 Douglas DC-3/C-47 conversions.
- "Eight FAQs". web site. Basler Turbo Conversions, LLC. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
- "China to facilitate aviation support in Antarctic research expeditions". Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- Flight International 24–30 April 1991, p. 42.
- Michell 1994, pp. 245–246.
- "Born Again Basler". Flight International 139 (4264): pp. 40–43. 24–30 April 1991.
- Michell, Simon (1994). Jane's Civil and Military Upgrades 1994–95. Coulsdon, Surrey, UK: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-1208-7.
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