PILATUS BRITTEN-NORMAN (PBN) has announced that the latest addition to its Defender family - the BN2T-4S Defender 4000 - has been granted full type-certification by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Certification was awarded following a 150h flight-test programme, which culminated in a final trial with a CAA crew to verify PBN's findings in safety-critical aspects of the flight envelope. The aircraft has a higher payload and stretched fuselage, compared with other Defender variants, as well as wingtip extensions.

Source: Flight International