TYPE: Utility turboprop.

PROGRAMME: Design started 2000; first delivery then expected in mid-2004, but development slowed in 2002, with certification now expected in 2005 or 2006. Manufacture of components for the prototype was proceeding in late 2002.

CUSTOMERS: US Department of the Interior has ordered one, with potential requirement for up to 15 for aerial survey of water-fowl.

DESIGN FEATURES: High wing; intended for passenger/freight carrying and aerial applications duties in remote areas; design goals include exceptional cockpit visibility and high cruising speed.

LANDING GEAR: Amphibious landing gear standard.

POWER PLANT: One Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop.

ACCOMMODATION: Standard accommodation for up to 10 passengers.