In order to remain innovative and future-proofed, in 2011 we undertook an evaluation and major modification project on our former Pacific Aerospace 750XL aircraft and, from here, the Falco XL was born.
The Pacific Aerospace 750XL has the venerable DNA of the Fletcher and Cresco but given those aircraft are no longer in production, we needed a new solution.
Our logo and the name of our aircraft, Falco XL, was derived from the NZ native bird, the Falcon (Karearea) because the new and improved aircraft emulates similar features;
NZ made (native)
Ability to climb
Ability to carry/payload
The modification process consisted of:
The Falco XL specs
Powered by a single 450 hp (340 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior radial engine, it is a well-balanced aircraft.
Like many aircraft operators, we face the ongoing struggle of sourcing pilots. With the Beaver on board we were able to establish an agricultural pilot cadetship, providing an effective pathway for budding agricultural aviators.
Cadets, sourced through partnerships with local High Schools, farming community and flight schools are able to develop their skillset on the Beaver before flying the company’s Falco XL.
The Farmers Air Beaver was originally operated by the US Army, and later by US Civil Air Patrol and private operators in the USA and Australia. Both used the Beaver with floats.