Australian manufacturer Dean Wilson Aviation has completed its first production Boomerang training aircraft, with certification from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority expected imminently.

The Boomerang is a two-seat all-metal trainer with night vision flight rules and instrument flight rules capability. It has been designed as an affordable and robust replacement for ageing Cessna 152s and Piper PA38s.

The Queensland-based manufacturer says the Lycoming 0-235-powered trainer is the safest training aircraft in the world, having met new CASA crash test requirements. Once certificated, the aircraft will be only the fourth FAR 23-certificated aircraft to reach production in Australian aviation history, says the manufacturer.

Dean Wilson Aviation has 13 orders for the Boomerang, including 10 from two flight training schools in India. The first 10 aircraft for India will be produced in Australia, but the manufacturer is looking at licence production in India for subsequent orders from the country.

Source: Flight International