FIELD AVIATION won Supplemental Type Certificate approval from Transport Canada for a unique modification that allows the rear cargo door on the Bombardier Dash 8 twin-turboprop to be opened during flight. The manually operated, inward-opening, plug-type door can be raised at all altitudes and speeds up to normal operating speed, with the optimum drop speed calculated at 105 knots. The Dash 8 cabin is large enough to carry up to 30 paratroopers or smoke jumpers, several life rafts or 8,000 ...

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