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Monday, January 14, 2013

Cessna Grand Caravan EX Earns FAA Type Certification

The Cessna Grand Caravan EX earned a supplemental type certification from FAA, the company announced last week.

(Cessna's Grand Caravan EX)

The aircraft's new engine –– Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140s –– will increase the Grand Caravan EX’s rate of climb by 38 percent over its predecessor, Cessna said.

"When we started with this design, we knew we could push the performance envelope on the Grand Caravan EX and get it into service for our customers in 'high and hot' missions, but the performance we've realized through the certification process with the new Pratt & WhitneyCanada PT6A-140 engine has truly exceeded our already aggressive performance targets," said Lannie O’Bannion, spokesman for Cessna.

(Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engine)

Deliveries of the upgraded Grand Caravan EX will begin this year. More

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