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Britten Norman BN2T

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In August 1972, seven years after entry into service of the BN-2 Islander, development started on the more powerful Turbo Islander. Initial testing showed that the Lycoming LTP101 turboprop engines were too powerful for the aircraft, so were replaced by a pair of Allison 250-B17C turboprops; the project evolved into the Turbine Islander, BN-2T instead. Production commenced in 1979, although the model is now powered by Rolls-Royce model 250 B17 320hp engines.

The BN-2T has seating for up to nine passengers. Its design lends itself to easy reconfiguration between a wide variety of roles. It is designed to operate in harsh environments, to land and take off from snow packed landing strips or sandy beaches, and is employed in commuter, air ambulance and freight roles, as well as for specialist operational roles such as oil pollution detection, search and rescue, crime interdiction and counter-terrorism missions. It is, the company claims, a high capacity, multi-role, high frequency, rough terrain, short take off and landing workhorse.

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Britten-Norman secures investment for long term
March 28, 2024
The board has looking for the right investment to allow Britten-Norman to deliver its plans to scale up output to meet demand, and following much interest has identified an investor who will do just that.
UK production of iconic Islander begins at Britten-Norman
September 25, 2023
The Islander will be built in the UK for the first time since production was moved to Eastern Europe in the late 1960s. The first UK Islander now in production is due for completion in May 2024.
Britten-Norman gives green light to UK manufacturing
June 12, 2023
The investment is in preparation for intensified interest in the Islander following the planned launch of an OEM, zero-emissions Islander aircraft in 2026.
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January 27, 2023Islander BN2T-4S type approved by the FAA
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July 29, 2021Islanders to be given a new lease of life
January 15, 2019Britten-Norman set on Malta to expand training capabilities
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