|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 utility aircraft produced by Basler Turbo Conversions of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It is a remanufactured and modified Douglas DC-3; the modifications designed to significantly extend the DC-3's serviceable lifetime. The conversion includes fitting the airframe with new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R turboprop engines, lengthening the fuselage, strengthening the airframe, upgrading the avionics, and making modifications to the wings' leading edges and wing tips.
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 provides a long-range fuel tank which increases the aircraft range to 2,140 nmi (3,960 km).
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The Basler BT-67 has a gunship version used by the Air Forces of El Salvador and Colombia. The Colombian gunships are equipped with a FLIR ball capable of monitoring the ground even in darkness.
Basler Turbo Conversions offered its BT-64 gunship with FLIR ball sensors and night-vision goggle (NVG) compatible cockpit to the Philippines on 12 October 2016.
- Aerocontractors, United States
- Antarctic Logistics Centre International (ALCI), South Africa
- Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions LLC (ALE), United States
- Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
- Bell Geospace Aviation, Inc, United States
- North Star Air, Canada
- 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
- Maximum speed: 285 kn (328 mph; 528 km/h)
- 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. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
- "China to facilitate aviation support in Antarctic research expeditions". Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- Hoyle 2015, p. 35.
- Rivas 2015, p. 120.
- Hoyle 2015, p. 37.
- Hoyle 2015, pp. 38–39.
- Hoyle 2015, p.43.
- Hoyle 2015, p. 50.
- Flight International 24–30 April 1991, p. 42.
- Michell 1994, pp. 245–246.
- "Born Again Basler". Flight International. Vol. 139 no. 4264. 24–30 April 1991. pp. 40–43.
- Hoyle, Craig (8–14 December 2015). "World Air Forces Directory". Flight International. Vol. 188 no. 5517. pp. 26–53. ISSN 0015-3710.
- Michell, Simon (1994). Jane's Civil and Military Upgrades 1994–95. Coulsdon, Surrey, UK: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-1208-7.
- Rivas, Santiago (October 2015). "Fighting Colombia's Drug War". Air International. Vol. 89 no. 4. pp. 118–121. ISSN 0306-5634.
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