The primary of two new plane from the Netherlands Coastguard arrived immediately. The De Havilland Canada Sprint-8 Maritime Patrol Plane (MPA) will quickly succeed the Dornier-288. The plane landed within the Netherlands from Canada on September 10. The Sprint-8s can be tasked with maritime patrol missions and to be primarily based at Schiphol Airport. The primary plane arrived about six months later than anticipated, partly attributable to the COVID disaster. The second airframe is anticipated to be operational in October this 12 months. Till then, a Beechkraft King Air plane will function a backup plane. Airplanes from the Netherlands Coastguard commonly take part in The European Border and Coast Guard Company (Frontex) operation.

The Netherlands Coastguard is leasing the DHC-8 maritime patrol plane over a 10-year interval from ISR Assist Europe, a consortium that provides the pilots and upkeep personnel. ISR Assist is a three way partnership of Dutch firm JetSupport and Canadian Provincial Aerospace Restricted (PAL Aerospace). The corporate can even present the pilots for these planes, of which one can be out there for Frontex missions. The air observers, so-called aerial officers, come from Rijkswaterstaat (Directorate-Basic for Public Works and Water Administration), customs, and the Marechaussee (the nationwide gendarmerie).


Netherlands Coastguard Receives First Sprint-8 Maritime Patrol Plane

The De Havilland Canada DHC-8, generally often known as the Sprint 8, is a sequence of turboprop-powered regional airliners, launched by de Havilland Canada (DHC) in 1984. DHC was later purchased by Boeing in 1988, then by Bombardier in 1992; then by Longview Aviation Capital in 2019, reviving the De Havilland Canada model. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100s, it was developed from the Sprint 7 with improved cruise efficiency and decrease operational prices, however with out STOL efficiency. Three sizes have been supplied: initially the 37–40 seat -100 till 2005 and the extra highly effective -200 from 1995, the stretched 50–56 seats -300 from 1989, each till 2009, and the 68–90 seats -400 from 1999, nonetheless in manufacturing.

De Havilland Canada and Canadian plane modification firm PAL Aerospace intend to supply a special-mission variant of the Sprint 8-400 turboprop. The “Sprint 8 P-4 MPA” can be a maritime patrol plane (MPA) and have functionality to carry out intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) duties. PAL develops special-mission plane, trains special-mission pilots and processes ISR knowledge. The baseline model of the Pratt & Whitney PW150-powered Sprint 8-400 has 1,100nm (2,040km) vary, most cruise pace of 360kt (667km/h) and might carry as much as 90 passengers. PAL additionally operates plane. Its fleet consists of two Sprint 8-300s and 7 Beechcraft King Air 200s.