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Dornier 228-212 Coastguard
The Dornier 228-212 Coastguard is a high-wing twin-turboprop aircraft with a non-pressurised cabin and retractable landing gear. These aircraft are part of the Royal Netherlands Air Force and are based at Schiphol Airport.
The Dutch Coastguard uses 2 Dornier 228-212 aircraft for monitoring and surveillance flights over the North Sea.
- Length overall: 16.56 meters
- Wingspan: 16.97 meters
- Tail height: 4.86 meters
- Wing height: 2.54 meters
- Maximum flight speed: 200 knots
- Maximum takeoff weight: 6,400 kilogrammes
- Maximum altitude: 25,000 feet
- Maximum flight duration: 4 hours
- Crew: 2 pilots and 2 sensor operators (observers)
- In use with: Royal Netherlands Air Force
- side-looking Airborne Radar: this enables the crew to detect water pollution at night
- forward-looking infrared camera: to be able to detect violations and search for people in the water, under all circumstances
- sampling device: for taking seawater samples
- air-droppable life raft
Besides the military pilots, the crew consists of 2 sensor operators (observers). One of them is from the Netherlands Directorate of Public Works and Water Management and is specialised in dealing with environmental violations at sea. The other is from the police force, Customs or the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee. This sensor operator focuses on enforcement, which includes border control, fisheries inspections, searching for suspect vessels and compliance with traffic laws.
The aircraft operates from land and can be deployed for the following types of missions:
- search-and-rescue (SAR) flights, in cooperation with the SAR helicopters of Defence Helicopter Command
- environmental flights
- shipping and fisheries inspections
- aviation training