|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 are 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 wing leading edges and wingtips.
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).
The Basler BT-67 has a gunship version used by the Air Forces of Colombia. The Colombian gunships are equipped with a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) ball, enabling the aircraft to conduct effective nighttime missions.
- ALCI Aviation (operated by Enterprise Aviation Group), Canada
- Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
- Australian Antarctic Division (operated by Kenn Borek Air)
- North Star Air, Canada
- Kenn Borek Air, Canada
- Polar Research Institute of China, China (operated by Kenn Borek Air)
- United States Forest Service, United States
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 (240 mph, 390 km/h)
- Range: 2,140 nmi (2,460 mi, 3,960 km) with 45 minute reserve and long-range fuel tank
- Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
- Douglas DC-3
- Conroy Turbo-Three, a similar turboprop DC-3 conversion.
- Conroy Tri-Turbo-Three, a tri-motor turboprop DC-3 conversion.
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