Summer 2004 Report
UAC News Update
It has been a very busy summer for UAC. We took delivery of the first PAC750XL the last week of July. Ray Ferrell, of UAC along with Guy Stevenson flew N750DZ from NZ to California. Ray declared, “It was as uneventful and beautiful, four day journey that included 43 hours of flight time. The trip took us from Hamilton, NZ through Pago-Pago – Christmas Island – Hawaii to Davis, CA.”
UAC complete the de-tanking and FAA registration. The new plane, now registered as N750DZ went to its new home at SkyDance SkyDiving in Davis, CA on the last weekend of July for a shake down weekend.
The following week Ray Ferrell and Phil Esdaile of UAC took off for the World Freefall Convention in Rantoul, IL. Chris Galloway, also of UAC along with John McWilliam from Pacific Aerospace Corporation, joined the team in Rantoul.
“We had a great week at the WFFC. Even the cloudy days worked for us, as we did non-stop hop & pop loads while the other jump plane operators just watched and counted the number of 4-minute turns we made”, said Ray Ferrell. On the second day of bad weather the other jump plane operators decided to try and get in on the action with a King Air, Twin Otter, Skyvan and Casa. However, none of them could keep up with the turn times of N750DZ and had to keep shutting down. And of course, they were burning at least twice the fuel per load. This is how the numbers worked out for the PAC 750XL.
Two hundred and thirty-nine loads. Total Flight Time: 49.7 Hr.
63 loads to 14K or higher; 1720 jumps; 43.6 hrs. Averages: 0.267 hr/load; 10.55 jumpers/load.
76 Hop & Pop loads; 948 jumps; 6.1 Hrs. Averages: 0.08 hr/load; 12.5 jumpers/load.
Ray Ferrell said, “Based on these averages, we would have been happy to do Hop & Pops all week!”
Note that these total times also include demo flights, two slow flight contests with a Twin Otter (Both planes flew across the DZ showing 20 KIAS) and one aborted load, due to weather. Also included was extra time due to time between aircraft requirements on jump run. Ray said, “I am now sure that we will average four loads per hour or better to 13,000’ .” As you can see this is a profitable airplane.
After a great week, turning heads at the WFFC, Ray Ferrell and Chris Galloway flew N750DZ back to CA, with a stop in Colorado to show the PAC 750XL to a Mining Company. After seeing the plane for what she can accomplish, they signed a contract for one.
N750DZ is now flying full time in Davis, CA at SkyDance SkyDiving.
Last month it completed the first 150-hour inspection. (it is on a factory approved 150 hr. inspection program). It took 20 hours to complete the inspection. By way of comparison, the C-208 requires 100-hour inspections that take, on average 40 hours to complete. Assuming you fly the planes 500 hours per year the 750XL will need 3.34 inspections @ 20 hours each = 66.8 hours labor. The C-208 will need five inspections @ 40 hours each = 200 hours labor. That is a significant savings (66%) in labor costs on the PAC 750XL over the C-208.
The next stop for this PAC 750XL, N750DZ is Perris Valley, CA. It will be there to fly for the U.S National Skydiving Championships from October 12 – 17, 2004.
UAC will be taking delivery of the Next PAC 750XL next week. This aircraft will have its coming out party at the AOPA Convention in Long Beach, CA from October 20 – 24, 2004.
If you have not had a chance to see this amazing plane yet, take the opportunity to see her in action at the National Skydiving Championships in Perris, CA. Or come join us at the AOPA Convention in Long Beach, CA where you can check her out up close.
This plane is an amazing machine. The PAC 750XL is everything we hoped and then some. Let me know if you have any questions. We have a pending sale for the next available plane, which will be delivered in October. After that, there are slots available in November followed by slots in early 2005.
Remember the available "Bonus Depreciation" and contact us if you are looking for a lease.
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PO Box 1235
Woodland, CA 95776