(Erickson aviation photo)
The CASA 212 is a turbine powered propeller aircraft, but specifically as a STOL cargo aircraft. Back in the 1960s the Spanish Air Force was still using C47s, and needed an upgrade. CASA proposed the C-212, a twin engined 18 seat transport aircraft that would be capable of fulfilling a variety of military roles, including passenger transport, ambulance aircraft and paratroop carrier, while also being suitable for civil use.The C-212 has a high-mounted wing, a boxy fuselage, and a conventional tail. The tricycle undercarriage is non-retractable. It has space for 21–28 passengers depending on configuration. Since the C-212 does not have a pressurized fuselage, it is limited to relatively low-flight-level airline usage (below 10,000 ft (3,000 m) MSL). It is thus ideal for short legs and regional airline service.
The C-212 is used as a transport, for rain-making, surveillance or search and rescue, and in 2013, 290 C-212s were flying in 40 countries with the most in Indonesia with 70. It has seen especially wide employment as a commuter airliner and a military aircraft, with its operators including numerous charter and short-haul aviation companies and several national air forces. The C-212 is also in the service of the United States Army Special Operations Command with the designation C-41A, which utilizes the aircraft for troop infiltration and ex-filtration, supply drops, and airborne operations due to the presence of a rear ramp, the C-212 has also gained popularity among skydivers and smokejumpers.
Variants of the Casa 212
Original military production version. Also known as C-212-5, C-212-5 series 100M, and by the Spanish Air Force as the T-12B and D-3A (for medevac aircraft), 129 built.
VIP transport version, T-12C.
Six pre-production C-212As converted for photo-reconnaissance missions, TR-12A.
Original civil version
Two pre-production C-212As converted for use as navigational trainers, TE-12B.
Manufactured under licence in Indonesia since 1976, IPTN producing 28 NC-212-100s before switching to NC-212-200.
Stretched version with updated engines (Honeywell TPE331-10R-511C or −512C, rated at 900 shp introduced in 1979. The CASA C-212-200 is also a popular skydiving aircraft, known for its large capacity, fast climb, and large tailgate exit ramp.
C-212 series 200M
Military version known as T-12D in Spanish service and Tp 89 for the Swedish Air Force. Specialised ASW and maritime patrol aircraft have been built from this version.
C-212-200 built under licence by IPTN.
C-212-200 built under licence by IPTN, Designed as Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Standard production version from 1987 on. Engines were Honeywell TPE331-10R-513C, also rated at 900 shp (670 kW) continuous (925 shp maximum). The propellers were changed from four-bladed Hartzell composite blade propellers to four-bladed Dowty-Rotol all-metal propellers. Winglets and a larger vertical stabilizer area provide improved performance, and the addition of a nose baggage compartment gives the nose a more streamlined look than the Series 200. Various systems have been incrementally upgraded, including the addition of an integrated autopilot system.
C-212-M series 300 (Series 300M)
C-212 series 300 airliner
26 seat regional airliner.
C-212 series 300 utility
23 seat civil utility version.
C-212 series 300P
Civil utility version with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65 engines
Specification of the CASA 212
Crew: Two (pilot and co-pilot)
Capacity:6170 lb (26 passengers / 25 paratroops)
Length: 53ft 1/2 in
Height: 20ft 8 in
Empty weight: 8,333lbs
Max. takeoff weight: 17,850 lbs
Maximum speed: 200 kts,
Cruise speed: 195 knots
Stall speed: 78 knots
Range: 915 nmi
Service ceiling: 26,000 ft
Rate of climb: 1,630 ft/min
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