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.[1]

Pacific Aerospace Ltd.
HeadquartersHamilton, New Zealand
Area served



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.[2]

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.[2]

In September 2005 an American firm's order for 12 PAC 750s was dishonoured, leading to controversy about government assistance to Pacific Aerospace.[3]

In 2006 a consortium of aviation professionals purchased the assets of the company and Pacific Aerospace Corporation became Pacific Aerospace Limited.[2]

In 2012 the Pacific Aerospace P-750 XSTOL aircraft was certified against ICAO Annex 6 for Single Engine IFR Passenger Transport Operations.[4]

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.[5][6]

List of aircraftEdit

Prototype CT-4E circa 1994
  • 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.[7]


  1. ^ [dead link] Market New Zealand, "Pacific Aerospace Ltd"[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Pacific Aerospace Ltd, "Company History" Archived 2007-06-17 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Daniels, Chris (24 September 2005). "Plane maker hits turbulence". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
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  5. ^ Manch, Thomas (11 October 2017). "Pacific Aerospace guilty of unlawful exports to North Korea". Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  6. ^ "NZ aircraft maker pleads guilty to breaching U.N. sanctions on North Korea". Reuters. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  7. ^ Pacific Aerospace (1 November 2016). "Pacific Aerospace: Pacific Aerospace to Build the E-350 Expedition". Retrieved 21 February 2019.

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