ATR 42-600 Certified by EASA

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 20 June 2012

The ATR 42-600 has obtained certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

This certification, prior to the aircraft's entry into service, marks the end of a series of ground and in-flight tests which were performed on the ATR 42-600 prototype.

Within the framework of the test campaign, the ATR 42-600 benefited from its similarity to the ATR 72-600, which was certified in May 2011.

As for the ATR 72-600, all of the tests on the ATR 42-600 were used to validate that the new systems and equipment installed on board operate correctly, especially the new glass cockpit avionics suite with 5 LCD screens, new communication, navigation and monitoring systems, flight management system (FMS), automatic pilot, alert management and multi-purpose computer (MPC, which integrates aircraft maintenance and protection functions in particular).

Since the launch of the -600 program in October 2007, ATR has already received orders for a total of 250 ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 aircraft.

Entry into service of the new ATR 42-600 is scheduled for summer 2012. The ATR 72-600, it has been in service since August 2011 and is currently operated by 7 airlines worldwide.

Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, said, We are very pleased to see that the entire ATR -600 family is now ready to operate for our customers. Today we are the only manufacturer of 50-seater aircraft in the world and we estimate that, over the next twenty years, there will be a substantial potential market in this category. Therefore, we must offer the market an aircraft equipped with all the latest technology and the highest levels of comfort.

ATR 42-600

Passenger capacity: 46 to 50 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
Maximum take-off power: 2400 horsepower per engine
Maximum take-off weight: 18,600 kgs
Maximum load: 5,500 kgs
Maximum flight range when fully loaded: 800 nautical miles (1,483 kms)

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