Continental Motors, a subsidiary of Beijing-based Avic, partnered with STC and custom design and installation services firm ASI Innovation of Reims, France, to acquire the type certificate, inventory and manufacturing rights for the F406 twin turboprop from Reims Aviation, which was declared insolvent last year. The F406 is an unpressurized, 14-passenger airplane manufactured by Reims Aviation and originally designed in cooperation with Cessna in the early 1980s.
Reims-Cessna F406 Caravan II
France’s Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) made a formal recommendation to EASA that its data recorder requirement cover single-engine commercial aircraft the size of the Caravan. EASA has yet to respond. The request stems from the Sept. 5, 2010 crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan, the cause of which was determined to be creep rupture of a number of turbine blades on its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6. The turboprop quit 11 minutes after takeoff from Pointe-à-Pitre Airport (TFFR) on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.