Embraer subsidiary Neiva is set to deliver the latest Ipanema agricultural aircraft to a Brazilian customer this month.

The low-wing Ipanema entered service in 1973 and 30 years later Embraer introduced an ethanol-fuelled version. It continues to manufacture around two aircraft a month for the Latin American market - mainly Brazil.

"We have sold 50 new ethanol Ipanemas to date and more than 200 $40,000 ethanol conversion kits [manufactured by Textron Lycoming] as this fuel is around 40% cheaper to purchase in Brazil than traditional avgas," says Embraer.

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The original low-wing Ipanema entered service in 1973

Source: FlightGlobal.com