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FAA certifies ATR 42- and 72-600 aircraft

posted Apr 30, 2013, 10:09 PM by Michael Adams

ATR has received FAA certification for its 42- and 72-600 aircraft.

ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato said, “Obtaining this new certification will allow us to expand the commercial and operational scope of our family of aircraft” and “open doors for us in high-potential markets, to replace turboprop aircraft from previous generations as well as jets, which are less and less cost-effective.”

In 2011, the ATR 72-600  received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification and the ATR 42-600 received EASA certification in 2012.

ATR said, “All of the tests done by EASA, supplemented by the flights conducted by the FAA test pilots, were used to validate proper operation of the new systems and equipment installed onboard the aircraft, notably its new avionics suite: a new ‘glass cockpit’ with five LCD screens, as well as new communication, navigation and monitoring systems, flight management system, automatic pilot, alert management and multi-purpose computer, which integrates aircraft maintenance and protection functions in particular.”

Since the 42- and 72-600 program was launched in October 2007, ATR said it has received orders for more than 300 aircraft from this new series.