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The Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander is a British light utility aircraft and regional airliner that has been in production for more than 55 years. It was developed in 1963 as a simple and inexpensive twin piston engine aircraft that emphasised payload over range and cruising speed, given its low wing and span loading. The design brief also encompassed ease of access to remote locations within the short haul sector.
The type uses a light alloy monocoque approach and the structure is designed to give rise to and experience low levels of stress. It has an infinite fatigue life without testing. Manufacturing costs were kept down as both the wings and tail surfaces maintain a constant chord and thickness, while the ribs within the wing are all identical.
On 13 June, 1965 the first prototype BN-2 Islander conducted its maiden flight, powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce/Continental IO-360B piston engines. These were later replaced by more powerful Lycoming O-540-E engines, which were located further outboard on the wings for superior single-engine climb performance. 24 April, 1967 saw the first first flight of a production Islander. Type certification was received from the UK in August 1967, and by US authorities in December of the same year.
Various cabin configurations and equipment load outs are available to suit a wide variety of different purposes, including charter flights, scheduled flights, agricultural uses, aerial firefighting, air freight, VIP/executive transport, aerial surveillance, air ambulance, paradropping and law enforcement.
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|August 3, 2023||Refurbished facilities will house zero-emissions development for CAeS|
|July 7, 2023||SJC Group signals intent for Islander aircraft|
|June 12, 2023||Britten-Norman gives green light to UK manufacturing|
|June 11, 2023||Genesys ready to install S-TEC 3100 on Islander|
|May 19, 2023||JAGS boosts fleet with Islander addition|
|April 24, 2023||B-N seizes the zero emission initiative with Cranfield merger|
|April 24, 2023||Cranfield welcomes Evolito to Project Fresson|
|January 16, 2023||Latest Genesys autopilot to be certified for B-N Islander|
|December 15, 2022||Air New Zealand selects partners for next-gen fleet ambitions|
|November 17, 2022||Evia Aero scales up CAeS hydrogen-powered order|
|November 10, 2022||Monte and CAeS ink deal for hydrogen-electric modification kits|
|August 22, 2022||Cranfield receives investment for Project Fresson advancement|
|July 23, 2022||CAeS to supply Evia Aero with 10 modified Islanders|
|June 22, 2022||Evia and Cranfield to bring hydrogen powered air services to northern Europe|
|November 8, 2021||Companies say it's Scilly not to strive for zero carbon|
|September 17, 2021||B-N sells Seychelles Islanders for short hops|
|April 4, 2021||Project Fresson gears up with some top contributors|
|April 4, 2021||Visitors cannot get to Vanuatu despite only one COVID case|
|December 9, 2020||First of two new Islanders arrives in the Falklands|
|October 12, 2020||B-N and Blue Bear work towards autonomous flight goal|
|July 15, 2020||Colombian authorities approve MTV-14 prop|
|January 12, 2020||Perspectives: Marketing is key for fleet expansion, says Estonia's Diamond|
|November 25, 2019||Businesses team up to deliver green Islander|
|August 31, 2019||Great Lakes gets big break with Islander|
|July 14, 2019||FIGAS makes preparations for Islander arrivals|
|July 2, 2019||Mission-equipped Islander joins CIAS for rescue duties|
|May 14, 2019||FIGAS figures two more Islanders will do the trick|
|January 15, 2019||Britten-Norman set on Malta to expand training capabilities|
|August 16, 2017||FLN takes on Islander for coastal missions|
|October 15, 2012||Belgian coastguard upgrades Islander with Garmin|
|September 10, 2012||Me and my aircraft; Piston twins: Numbers decline, but the humble piston twin still earns its keep all around Europe|
|September 1, 2011||High definition camera spies distant birds|
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