Orenda Recip has been awarded US Federal Aviation Administration certification for its OE-600 piston engine, four years after the Ontario, Canada-based manufacturer acquired the Dick McCoon "Thunder" engine programme.

The company has orders for 150 engines and options on a further 30 to date, which includes re-engineing de Havilland Beavers and Otters. "Our lead programmes are the Beech King Air [C90] and the [Rockwell] Aero Commander" says Orenda general manager Peter Jackson.

Orenda is also re-engineing Air Tractor's Pratt & Whitney 1340 radial-powered agricultural aircraft and is now holding discussions with Canadian Aerospace Group to power the proposed uprated variant of the single-seat Hongdu N-5A agricultural aircraft. "Once we have developed the STC [supplemental type certificate] for the Aero Commander, we will then explore market opportunities in Europe," says Jackson.

Source: Flight International