Fact file: CASA C212 Aviocar

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A twin-engine light transport used by the South African Air Force. 

Designation:

Casa C212 Aviocar

Type:

Light/tactical transport.

Country of origin:

Spain.

First flight:

March 26, 1971.

Delivered to the SAAF:

April 1994.

Associated project name(s):

Numbers:

4.

Cost:

Crew:

Pilot, co-pilot, Flight engineer/loadmaster.

Major dimensions & weights

  • Wingspan:

  • Length:

  • Height:

  • Wing area:

  • Cabin length:

  • Cabin width:

  • Cabin height:

  • Basic empty weight:

  • Max take-off weight:

  • Max landing weight:

  • Max internal fuel:

  • Max external fuel:

  • Max cargo weight:

  • Main deck useable volume:

  • Bulk volume:

  • Passengers:

Major dimensions & weights

  • 20.28m (66ft 7in).

  • 16.15m (53ft).

  • 6.6m (21ft 8in) at tail.

  • 41m2 (441.33ft2).

  • 5m (16ft 5in).

  • 2m (6ft 6.5in).

  • 1.7m (5ft 7in).

  • 3.780mt (8333lbs).

  • 7.700mt (16,975lbs).

  • 2mt.

  • 18 passengers with luggage, 16 parachutists with kit, 12 stretchers.

Performance

  • Take-off to clear 15m:

  • Landing from 15m:

  • Rate of climb:

  • Service ceiling:

  • Max operating speed:

  • Max cruise speed:

  • Max range at cruise speed:

  • Endurance:

  • Stall speed:

  • G-loads:

  • Wing loading:

  • Thrust:

  • Bypass ratio:

  • Thrust/weight ratio:

  • 497m/min (1630ft/min) initial.

  • 7925m (26,000ft).

  • 191kts (354km/h, 220mph) at 3050m (10,000ft).

  • 275km/h.

  • 835km (519miles) with max payload or 2680km (1665 miles) with max fuel and 1.192mt (2628lbs) load.

  • 5hrs 40mins.

Engine Specifications

  • Make:

  • Model:

  • Type:

  • Number:

  • Compression ratio:

  • Engine diameter:

  • Engine length:

  • Dry weight:

  • Power turbine rotor speed:

  • Shaft horsepower:

  • Propeller:

Engine Specifications

  • Garrett

  • TPE331-10R-513C

  • Turboprop.

  • 2.

  • 900 (671kW) each.

Hard points:

None.

Armament:

None.

Other attachments:

None.

Comment:

The Aviocar fleet as inherited in 1994 from the air wings of the former Bophuthatswana (1, 1985), Transkei (2, 1986) and Venda (2, 1988).

It is a short-take-off and landing aircraft with a rough field capability, high wings and a fixed landing gear.

The C212 was designed as a C47 replacement and has been called a scaled-down C130. The C212 can take off from fields as short as 400m. In the late 1980s the Aviocar was apparently the cheapest certified aircraft in its class.