ATR aims for US -600 series certification in 2012

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Published: July 13, 2012

ATR 42-600. Courtesy, ATR

Turboprop manufacturer ATR is entering the final stages of securing FAA certification for its ATR 42-600 and 72-600 aircraft, which it hopes to close by year-end.

Last month, ATR gained European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the 42-600 (ATW Daily News, June 25), joining the 72-600 that EASA approved in May 2011.

ATR began work toward securing US approval for the -600 series family last year and it is now submitting the final characteristics to the FAA certification office.

“We expect that, by the end of this year, we will certify both models. Our plan is to present both models to the FAA for final certification,” senior VP technical Carmine Orsi told ATW at the Farnborough Airshow.

“It is not a blank page for the FAA; they already have knowledge [about the -600], but there are some formal steps which have to be done.”

Orsi added that the family is already certified in Australia and ATR is working to gain Transport Canada approval, which it hopes to conclude by October or November.

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