Britten-Norman has gained Canadian type certification for the turboprop version of its BN2 Islander.

The piston engine-powered BN2B version of the utility aircraft has been flying in Canada for some time.

UK-based Britten-Norman says it intends to expand its presence in North America and is in the process of gaining Federal Aviation Administration approval for the turboprop-powered aircraft's military version, the BN2T-4S Defender.

Business development manager Lara Harrison states the airframer has seen a "great deal of interest" in piston- and turboprop-powered Islanders in Canada since 2017.

"The Islander already serves in a variety of interesting roles in the wider region and is viewed by many as the backbone of operations into remote strips," she says.

Powered by two Rolls-Royce B17 turboprops, the BN2T features drag-reducing fairings, an updated interior and can lift a higher payload than the piston variant.