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NEWS ARCHIVE

July, 2007

PAC 750XL UPDATE

It has been a while since we have sent out an update. But lots of exciting things have been happening!

The biggest news is the new structure of Pacific Aerospace. Oceanic Aviation Ltd. has acquired the major shares of the company. For more information on Oceanic Aviation Ltd see: http://www.oceania-aviation.com. They immediately put into place a new management team, implemented a number of upgrades in engineering, production, marketing and have invested in updating the facilities and equipment in just about every area of the company.

Along with this new management there is also a new corporate structure and name. Pacific Aerospace Corporation Limited is now Pacific Aerospace Limited (PAL). At the helm is Damian Camp (CEO) and Todd Stephenson is the new Commercial Manager. This new, energetic team is continuing with improvements in production and upgrades to the PAC 750XL, the CT4 Super Trainer and the factory itself.

Current production of the PAC 750XL is also benefiting from the intense in-field service of the aircraft in its varied roles. As with all new aircraft, improvements are identified and are being integrated into the current production line. The aircraft are in the field, working hard, flying and doing their jobs, with minimum down time.

As most know, the first role the PAC 750XL entered was in the skydiving Industry. Here it has proven to be the most efficient, cost effective and SAFEST jump plane in the world. These facts along with its reliability and ease of maintenance are making the PAC the envy of Skydive Centers everywhere. And every operator reports the same, that this plane has exceeded all expectations.

The PAC 750XL is also now taking on the survey industry. In this role the PAC is fitted to stay airborne for about 10 hours a day, flying at very low levels (about 150 feet AGL). Some of these aircraft are flying over 1800 hours per year in some extreme areas of the world, taking it all in stride. With the PAC’s high lift wing and power from its PT6A-34, along with the company’s capability to manufacture the 750XL for special purpose missions, the PAC is a perfect platform for this line of work.

With the successes of the PAC 750XL in its varied roles, PAL has also designed a new, 800 gallon hopper for the plane and it has now returned to its roots in the NZ hill country, making the grass grow. This is by far the hardest duty on any aircraft. In this role about 6000 pounds of product is loaded in about four seconds and flown off rough strips in the hills of NZ, at a rate of 18 loads per hour. With new, bulkier product to spread, the operators are excited to have the PAC available for this demanding role. And with the success of the PAC in this role, production of the CRESCO (the 750XL’s older, smaller brother) has come to a close and the PAC 750XL is soldiering forward. This agricultural work is a tough proving ground and quickly identifies areas to target for improvements. As improvements are developed they are being integrated into the existing fleet in the form of Service Bulletins and Letters. This is the sort of real world development that often takes other aircraft years of operation to establish.

These new role for the PAC 750XL along with full IFR certification for passenger and cargo configurations are now providing a safe, cost effective alternative to operators of all types.

PAL attended the recent Avalon Air Show in Australia with both the PAC 750XL and their new “CT4F Super Trainer". This glass cockpit equipped, 300 HP, aerobatic CT4F is the worlds first fully digital Flight Management System (FMS) flown in a "basic trainer" with operating costs of $200-$400 per hours and is part of the Aerospace Training System for military pilots.

PAL worked with Raytheon Australia and CMC Electronics on this project as part of an “Evolutionary Military Aircrew Training System” which include ground based simulation and training packages through to the CT4F and on to the Hawker Beechcraft T-6B.

Subsequent to the Avalon show the sales tour continued with the PAC 750XL through Australia, Papua New Guinea, SE Asia and Middle East. This tour provided new exposure for the PAC and one new aircraft has already been delivered to Papua New Guinea.

Aircraft operators in Africa have also discovered the PAC 750XL and a number of planes have been delivered there for use in a variety of roles.

In other news, PAL has posted a great Promotional video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyeoVXXCTZE Additional videos of the PAC 750XL and the CRESCO are turning up on www.youtube.com as well. We encourage you to check these out.

The PAC 750XL, from the little company that could, continues to prove itself into today’s aviation market place. It has succeeded in some of the toughest environments you could test a new aircraft. New orders are booked into 2008, but there are still a few opportunities for delivery this year.

We continue to receive enquires from around the world, so available production slots are filling quickly. Feel free to contact us and let us arrange a demonstration for this amazing aircraft.

Safe Flights and Smooth tailwinds

Ray Ferrell
Utility Aircraft Corporation
24390 Aviation Ave.
Davis, CA 95616-9408
rferrell@utilityaircraft.com
www.utilityaircraft.com

Philip Esdaile
Utility Aircraft Corporation
P.O. Box 1235
Woodland, CA 95776
pesdaile@utilityaircraft.com
www.utilityaircraft.com

UTILITY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
PO Box 1235
Woodland, CA 95776
USA
PHONE (530) 750-3226
FAX (530) 754-7371
info@utilityaircraft.com
www.utilityaircraft.com

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