[Aviation Today May 21, 2014] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued type certification for the Grand Caravan EX, Cessna announced during the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.
European certification will allow Cessna to begin delivering the aircraft immediately to European customers. The aircraft features several improvements over the legacy Grand Caravan, including a 38 percent improvement in the rate of climb, a standard G1000 avionics suite and 10-12 know cruise speed improvement on average.
According to Christi Tannahill, senior vice president of turboprop aircraft at Cessna, the company has delivered 160 previous generation Grand Caravan aircraft in Europe.
“That popularity has continued to grow with the Grand Caravan EX due to its improved performance in high and hot conditions found at higher altitudes and in warmer climates around the world," said Tannahill.