Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016

Adding some magic [AAD16D1]

14 September 2016

South African charter firm MCC Aviation, operating from Lanseria International Airport north of Pretoria, has just acquired new air assets, including a Bell 407GX and a Cessna Grand Caravan 208EX.

Sporting the registration ZS-MGC, prompting the company to fondly refer to her as ‘Magic’, this aircraft features the Garmin G1000 avionics suite and has an additional 200hp over the traditional Cessna Caravan. MCC took delivery of the aircraft in the USA and island-hopped across the Atlantic Ocean from Wichita, Kansas to Lanseria.

Whereas the aircraft on display at AAD offers a nine-seat club configuration, MCC Aviation has an approved supplemental type certificate (STC) for a 14-seat configuration.

MCC Aviation is also showing its new Bell 407GX as a VIP aircraft carrying five to six passengers.

Like the Cessna, it features the G1000 avionics with synthetic vision and is shown alongside the National Airways Corporation (NAC) displays in the static aircraft park. The helicopter was acquired through NAC as the local Bell representative. Another of the company’s Bell 407 helicopters, with registration ZS-MCC (pictured), is configured as an emergency medical services (EMS) aircraft, and is seen with Absolute Aircraft, also in the static park.

According to the company, these new acquisitions enhance MCC’s core charter business. Not on display but also operated by the company are a Beechcraft B200, a Cessna 402B, two Airbus H125s (Squirrels), two Jetstream 41s and a Learjet 35 in medevac configuration.

MCC Aviation is hosted by Absolute Aircraft Sales and can be found at its hospitality suite facing the runway.

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