TYPE: Utility turboprop twin.

PROGRAMME: Announced September 2001; certification planned for late 2003; deliveries from July 2004 onwards. In 2002, company was still seeking US$5 million finance to build prototype and US$25 million to achieve certification. No further progress had been made by mid-2003.

COSTS: Initial US$3 million required to complete design, produce a prototype and initiate flight testing. Estimated US$2.1 million (2001) unit cost. Direct operating cost US$359/hour, US$1.55/n mile (fuel US$1.90/USg).

DESIGN FEATURES: Twin boom, high-wing transport with upward-hinged rear loading door; cargo capacity, three LD3 containers.

LANDING GEAR: Retractable tricycle type.

POWER PLANT: Two 507 kW (680 hp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A turboprops, each driving a five-blade, constant-speed, fully feathering and reversible propeller. Total fuel capacity 2,705 litres (714 US gallons; 595 Imp gallons).

ACCOMMODATION: Two pilots; seating for between 11 (FAR Pt 23) and 14 passengers.