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The PAC 750XSTOL (extremely short take off and landing), formerly PAC 750XL, is an all metal, low wing monoplane with a fixed tricycle undercarriage, designed and manufactured by New Zealand-based Pacific Aerospace. It is powered by a 750 hp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop engine and is certified for single pilot operation.

Initially the PAC 750XSTOL targeted the skydiving market before branching out into wider passenger and utility operations. The cabin can be outfitted with up to nine passenger seats or with cargo holds, and there is an optional 1,000 lb capacity cargo pod that attaches to the belly.

The PAC 750XSTOL combines the engine and wings of its stablemate, the PAC Cresco, with a large fuselage and modified tail. After its maiden flight in 2001, the horizontal tail surfaces were redesigned before the type entered production. FAA certification was received on 10 March, 2004.

March 2018 saw the launch of an updated variant, the Super-Pac XL, with a 900hp PT6A-140A and a four-blade Hartzell propeller.

The F-25 Fire Catcher is an aerial firefighting variant introduced in 2021. It is based on the P-750 agricultural variant and is equipped with a PT6-140A engine and a 3,000 litre hopper that can provide up to 2,500 litres of water-based fire retardant. The conversion includes an hydraulics pack, fire gate and a 600 lb increase in payload.

In 2023, the company rebranded as NZAero and introduced the 750XL-II SuperPac aircraft, a next-generation, more powerful and fuel-efficient version of the 750XL. A type certificate was issued in the August, and the certificate of airworthiness for the first 750XL-II off the production line was issued in October. The design adaption has made it suitable for applications that help mitigate the impact of climate change and other environmental applications, passenger and freight transport and for aerial operations.

The company has undergone many changes of ownership and identity since it was established at Hamilton airport by the US military in support of its Pacific campaign in WWII. It operated originally as James Aviation, formed in 1949; became Air Parts (NZ) in 1958; then Aero Engine Services in 1954; New Zealand Aerospace Industries in 1972; Pacific Aerospace Corporation in 1982; Pacific Aerospace in 2006; and then NZSkydive in 2021.

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