Chinese utility plane, the Harbin Y-12F received the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Type Certificate on July 13.
This is the second important certification received by the turboprop outside China where the aircraft is cleared to fly. Seven years ago, the model was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States.
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The Y-12F is the latest variant of the plane from Harbin Hafei Aviation Industry, one of the divisions of the state-owned AVIC group and which was a partner of Embraer in China.
The manufacturer nicknamed the plane “Twin Panda”, a name that recalls the Twin Otter, a De Havilland Canada plane that operates in the same category.
The first generation of Harbin’s twin-engine turboprop debuted on the Chinese market in 1985 and since then around 300 aircraft have been delivered to civil and military operators, such as the air forces of Paraguay, Peru and Guyana – in all, the Y-12 is operated by 18 countries.
The aircraft has been certified in Europe to carry up to 19 passengers or around 3,000 kg of cargo.
The Y-12F is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engines with five-blade propellers. According to data from the manufacturer, the aircraft reaches a maximum speed of 387 km/h and has a range of 357 km with a maximum takeoff weight of 8,400 kg.