|Headquarters||Hamilton, New Zealand|
Pacific Aerospace Ltd (PAL) is an aircraft manufacturing company based in Hamilton, New Zealand. Along with its predecessors, it has produced around 600 utility, training and agricultural aircraft.
Pacific Aerospace was formed from two companies, Air Parts (NZ) Ltd and Aero Engine Services Ltd. Air Parts imported Fletcher FU-24s in kit form during the mid-1950s and began manufacturing a significantly-modified variant, known as the PAC Fletcher, in 1965. Aero Engine Services Ltd diversified from maintenance work into taking over production of the Victa Airtourer, a light aircraft it developed into a military trainer, the PAC CT/4 in the early 1970s. The two firms joined in 1973 as New Zealand Aerospace Industries, which became Pacific Aerospace Corporation in 1982.
Shortly afterward, Pacific Aerospace won contracts to provide components to Boeing and Airbus. Pacific Aerospace took over NZAI's work on a replacement for the Fletcher, which became the PAC Cresco and has in turn developed this into utility and skydiving variants. A new utility aircraft, the P-750 XSTOL, first flew in 2001. The company has also continued low-level CT4 production for over 30 years.
In September 2005 an American firm's order for 12 PAC 750s was dishonoured, leading to controversy about government assistance to Pacific Aerospace.
In 2006 a consortium of aviation professionals purchased the assets of the company and Pacific Aerospace Corporation became Pacific Aerospace Limited.
In 2012 the Pacific Aerospace P-750 XSTOL aircraft was certified against ICAO Annex 6 for Single Engine IFR Passenger Transport Operations.
In 2017 the company plead guilty to breaching United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718 against North Korea after a PAC P-750 XSTOL was observed flying at the Wonsan International Friendship Air Festival in September 2016.
List of aircraft
- AESL Airtourer - (1961) Single-engined light utility aircraft.
- PAC CT/4 Airtrainer – (1972) Single-engine two-seat (side-by-side) low-wing with fixed landing gear. Piston-engined military basic trainer
- PAC Fletcher – (1954) Single-engine two-seat (side-by-side) low-wing with fixed landing gear. Piston-engined aerial-application aircraft
- PAC Cresco – (early 1980s) Single-engine low-wing with fixed landing gear. Turboprop-engined aerial application aircraft
- P-750 XSTOL – (2001) Single-engine low-wing passenger transport with fixed landing gear. Turboprop skydive/utility/aerial application aircraft. Formally known as the PAC 750-XL.
- E-350 Expedition - (2016) Single-engine high wing five seat STOL aircraft due to roll out mid 2017.
- [dead link] Market New Zealand, "Pacific Aerospace Ltd"
- Pacific Aerospace Ltd, "Company History"
- Daniels, Chris (24 September 2005). "Plane maker hits turbulence". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
- Manch, Thomas (11 October 2017). "Pacific Aerospace guilty of unlawful exports to North Korea". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- "NZ aircraft maker pleads guilty to breaching U.N. sanctions on North Korea". Reuters. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
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