CASA 212 Aviocar


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CASA 212

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.

Operational History
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.[8] 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

100 series

C-212A
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.

C-212AV
VIP transport version, T-12C.

C-212B
Six pre-production C-212As converted for photo-reconnaissance missions, TR-12A.

C-212C
Original civil version
C-212D
Two pre-production C-212As converted for use as navigational trainers, TE-12B.
NC-212-100
Manufactured under licence in Indonesia since 1976, IPTN producing 28 NC-212-100s before switching to NC-212-200.

Series 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.

NC-212-200
C-212-200 built under licence by IPTN.

NC-212-200 MPA
C-212-200 built under licence by IPTN, Designed as Maritime Patrol Aircraft

300 Series
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)
Military version.

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

my opinion
It be nice see more cargo, and STOL aircraft. This twin engine aircraft brings that into the IF world. With the ability of being used for virtual airlines, and virtual militarize and other virtual organization its multi roll purpose would be perfect for IF!

This would be awesome and is flown by military & civilian organizations around the world. You have my vote!

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Thank you! My former company flew these in several disclosed locations! Never saw them working for us but seen many other operators out here in Alaska fly them!

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Cool. I’m half Portuguese and I remember seeing these fly around Portugal as they were in the Portuguese AF fleet at one point. Very versatile airplane that did various missions to include SAR
, transport and even electronic warfare.

The C-295 has since replaced it in the Portuguese AF but the CASA 212 was remarkable for its time and truly was one of a kind.

Portuguese AF electronic warfare variant

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That’s an ugly looking version,… I like it

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Wow that’s an ugly plane in my opinion. And to be honest, I don’t think that’s what most people are looking for. Sure, there will be some loving it, but the great mass doesn’t seem to be that interested in prop transporters (look at the C-130).

There are people who probably would enjoy flying this if it comes out. It gives IF a new variety of aircraft and opens the door for new people m.

I‘m all down for it if releasing of a new high-standard plane would take 2 weeks or so, but because we‘re getting like 2 or 3 new planes a year, I‘m sure there are other GA classics waiting for their release before. But I have to admit it’s ugly, but indeed interesting.😂

I hope we see more general aviation aircraft. I have requested a few like the Cessna 337. Always nice see new airplanes!

While it’s ugly it gets the job done lol

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Would love to see the Casa 212! It’s like a Mini C-130!

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I second this. It’s a beautiful type of ugly

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