Commercial Single Engine Turbine Aircraft Can Now Operate IFR in Europe

Single engine turbine commercial airplanes are finally being approved by the European Union to fly in Europe under instrument meteorological conditions or at night.

The operation will be effective with the publication of Official Journal of EU.

The new rules have been published after consistent effort by regulators and industry people for 20 years. Europe is not aligned for commercial turbine aircraft operations with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO).

The new rules have been applauded by general aviation groups as it will open up the European markets and allow to fly economically. Overnight cargo deliveries will now be possible in aircraft such as the Cessna Caravan.

According to Pete Bunce, GAMA President and CEO, the acceptance from EU on CAT operations has come after a long delay and was waited desperately by general aviation. It is a pleasure to know that Europe has finally given permission for this crucial form of transportation.

Permission for operating single-sngine commercial aircraft was asked for from early 1990s. Operations in this area was done as per the standard issued by ICAO in 2005 and was common around the world.

GAMA and numerous associate members were part of the group that framed rules created by EASA in 2012.

Citation Latitude and Sovereign+ Gets Certification for Steep Approach

The mid sized business jet can now fly to desirable airports in Europe.

Textron Aviation made an announcement this week for receiving certification for steep approach for two of its models in Cessna Citation – Latitude and Sovereign+. The certification has been signed by both the EASA and FAA.

This certification allows midsize jet to fly approaches that are 6.65 degrees steep. Before this certification these aircraft were only allowed to fly an approach of 3 degrees.

This certification is a mandatory requirement to to fly into numerous airports in Europe including the Lugano Airport near Lugano, Switzerland, which is near the Italian border in the foothills of the Alps and the closest airport to central London, The London City Airport (LCY).

The steep approach ability on Latitude and Sovereign+ will come as a standard.

According to Rob Scholl, Textron Aviation’s Senior vice president of sales and marketing, this certification shows the commitment of the company to provider its customers with flexibility and performance they require to maximize their flying experience.

The Citation Latitude that is able to fly nine passengers was certified in 2015. The six foot cabin of the aircraft has a flat floor. In high cruise speed the Latitude has a mileage of 2,700 nm with four souls on board. The top speed of the aircraft is 446 KTAS.

The other model from Cessna Citation, Sovereign+ can with 12 passengers and can takeoff on a runway as short as 3,530 feet. Equipped with winglets, the aircraft has a wonderful range of 3,200 nm and has a top speed of 460 knots.

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