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MANILA, Oct. 24 (PNA) — The Dornier Technology, a German-based aircraft manufacturer, would soon be producing a 25-seater amphibious seaplane following the expansion of their manufacturing facilities in Clark.
The US$ 350-million state-of-the-art seaplane composite manufacturing facilities to rise in Clark would be generating hundreds of manpower requirements such as engineers, avionic technicians, airframe and mechanical staff, according to Dornier Technology Philippines owner Iren Dornier.
Dornier, also the chairman of Southeast Asian Airlines (Seair), said his business partners are very much interested in the production of a 25-seater pressurized long range commercial airplane and may also be used as a cargo transport aircraft to remote areas such as isolated islands.
The plane could also be used for coast border patrol, anti-drug smuggling, special missions/operations or strictly for pipelines or areas submerged with water where helicopters are limited in range. It can also be utilized as firefighter plane where it could scoop thousands of gallons of water within seconds.
He added that the airplane is capable of travelling long distance of approximately 2,000 nautical miles long range endurance and be equipped with two Pratt & Whitney powered turbo propeller engines. Their facilities in Clark is manufacturing a two-seater multi-purpose aircraft primarily designed to provide a training flat form to seaplane pilots who need trainings.
The S-Ray 007 single engine seaplane could be operated on both lands and sea with short takeoffs and capable of landing on runways or 2½ feet seas. The plane it said is ideal for surveillance missions, UAV missions (uninhabited air vehicles) that can be launched into a boat or carriers and can be transported into a container which flips it wings 90 degrees.