Cessna’s Grand Caravan EX earns type certification

Cessna Aircraft’s more powerful Grand Caravan EX has earned Federal Aviation Administration type certification and outperformed its initial targets, the company announced Thursday.

The plane will have a 38 percent improvement in the rate of climb over the Grand Caravan, it said. The company originally expected a 20 percent improvement.

Cessna also has said that the version will have a 350-foot reduction in takeoff roll and a 10-to-12 knot cruise speed improvement.

The plane will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engines.

Cessna has delivered four Grand Caravan EX airplanes.