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F406 Twin Turbo Prop Multi Missions


Upon Request










More Flexibility for more versatility










Based on the Cessna 400 series, the twin turbo-prop F406 Mark I and Mark II are entirely manufactured and assembled in France


The F406 is quickly operational, powerful, flexible and at ease in all situations


It excels under the most difficult operating conditions, is able to land in complete safety on temporary hard or semi-prepared runways and requires very short distances for take-off


Its level of technical and economic preformance combined with an adaptability tailored to each customer's exact requirements, makes the F406 a totally versatile plane with the lowest operating cost in its category


The F406 is widely used throughout the world by Governments, the Military and aerial survey companies. It is the logical choice for those companies that require a modern PT6A powered turbine twin with rugged reliability and low operating and low maintenance costs.

The large 69 x 54cm camera hatch with electric doors is located opposite the double cargo doors permitting safe direct loading and unloading of expensive equipment.

The wide cabin can accommodate a number of consoles or additional seats.





F406 aircraft ARE used for Survey with Leica LiDAR, Fisheries Patrol with 360° radar, Border Patrol with 20” FLIR and one used for commuter.

We can now offer early delivery of new aircraft equipped with a choice of Honeywell, Garmin, Collins and Universal avionics with or without EFIS.

Each aircraft has the extra heavy duty corrosion protection that is unique to our aircraft and essential for overwater operations.


Built on a modular platform with proven robustness, the F406 Mark I and Mark II share the following technical characteristics:

  • Spacious non-pressurized cabin,

  • Large Cargo door,

  • Huge glazed surfaces for outstanding visibility,

  • A single flat floor covering the entire length of the cabin,

  • Retractable undercarriage with trailing link main landing gear

For passenger and operator comfort, as well as to provide easy maintenance and servicing; the cabin is lined with east-to-dismantle composite panels which can be covered, on customer's demand with alcantara or ultra leather finishing.

High capacity air conditioning ensures a pleasant flight even under the hottest conditions.


The resolutely modern avionics systems include three main features

  • Certified electro mechanics I pilot IFR,

  • 2 EFIS screens

  • 5 EFIS screens with flight management system,

All of which is completes with a three-axis auto-pilot and a weather radar


Many options are available for special missions or public passenger transport.

A sophisticated full de-icing system enables the aircraft to fly safely under known icing conditions.


The F406 Mark I and Mark II differ in terms of their power unit and the maximum take-off weight:

F406 Mark I

  • two Pratt & Whitney 500 SHP PT6A-112 turbines,

  • Two three-bladed propellers

  • MTOW 4468 kgs

F406 Mark II

  • two Pratt & Whitney 635 SHP PT6A-135 turbines,

  • two three-bladed propellers,

  • MTOW 4700 kgs (230 kg more payload

In its new Mark II version, the F406 offers even more scope in terms of power, range, autonomy, take-off weight and climb performance in hot weather.


Because each mission is unique


The F406 Mark I and Mark II are perfectly suited for two types of missions:

  • Special operations,

  • Transport of passengers or freight and aerial work

Based on a common platform, the F406 Mark I and Mark II configuration flexibility enables extreme customization, making the aircraft available for all "turnkey" missions.


Transport missions

Its performance level and reliability, low fuel consumption and a simplified maintenance mode make the F406 and ideal aircraft to achieve low operating cost and rapid return on investment.
Its flexibility and adaptability allow for instance ad hoc passenger transportation by day and freight by night, with the necessary configuration change being entirely completed in less than an hour.









For the transport of 9 to 12 passengers under optimum conditions of comfort and safety




For the transport of 6 to 8 passengers in a VIP environment


Cargo and Combi


For the transport of freight or mixed freight/passenger transportation




For sanitary and medical missions, stretcher and life support modules




For free fall or static line dropping of parachutists in either automatic or controlled mode




For pilot and systems operator training




Special Operations

Speed, range, power and safety, the performance levels of the F406 Mark I and Mark II are perfectly suited to surveillance missions. The standard features of the F406 for special missions include:

  • Anti-corrosion treatment of the whole aircraft structure,

  • An integrated camera hole in the aircraft cabin,

  • Droppable emergency exits,

  • Bubble windows,

  • In-flight dropping capacity,

  • Very comfortable operator seats, sophisticated consoles,...

Through long experience as system integrator, we offer every customer a solution tailored to each operator's specific requirements.


Different versions have already been developed:

  • Surmar: for the surveillance of maritime territorial and of exclusive economic zone (EEZ)

  • Polmar: for the detection of maritime oil pollution

  • Surpolmar: Combining the two previous missions

  • Geo Survey: for aerial photography and mapping applications

  • Frontier: for surveillance of borders and restricted land areas

  • Intelligence: for capturing and analyzing radio-electrical emissions

  • Target towing: for ground-to-air and air-to-air shooting training








From training to fleet management, we cover all F406 users' operational requirements via a complete service to flawless "turnkey" missions





Pilots, mechanics and operators are trained in a TRTO approved department by highly qualified instructors, taking into account the trainees initial level of expertise and the specific features of each mission





We guarantee maximum availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for all F406's in service, throughout the world via:




Via a direct contact point with the engineering office, production and certificate authorities, the customer support service is capable of responding in very short terms to all F406 operators queries





All spare parts for the F406, whether for the aircraft structure, the equipment or the avionics, are available directly





The F406 Mark I and Mark II are covered by international warranties:















A typical aircraft with nose mounted FLIR and SLAR mounted under aft fuselage. This photo shows one of the three aircraft delivered to the Hellenic Coast Guard which has the belly mounted 360° Telephonics RDR1500B radar. A nose mounted RDR 1400C with 120°sector scan is also available.

EQUIPMENT installed

Oxygen system 114 cu ft Oxygen, light and air outlets in accordance with seating plan.

De-icing Equipment: Certified for flight in Known Icing conditions.

Complete with de-ice boots for the wings, horizontal and vertical stabiliser (As shown

above), heated pilot’s window (LH). Propeller de-ice.

Air conditioning 20,000 BTU, optimized for operator comfort.

Heavy duty corrosion proofing.

S-TEC Magic Engine Instrument Display System, including engine Parameter recorder

Two pilot’s seats and three operator seats in the cabin

ELT Artex C406-1 Emergency Locator Transmitter.

RH flight instrument panel and full dual controls for co-pilot.

NOTE: Our use of Catia version V5 enables us to design and construct the aircraft to the exact requirements of each client.



Honeywell / Garmin package including:
Flight Director and Autopilot. KFC 375

This is a 3 axis well proven system with soft ride, half bank and Yaw damper. Couplers for heading, NAV. GPS. ILS. VOR.

KI 256 Attitude Indicator

KI 525A HSI Navigation Indicator No 1 (shown below).

KAS 297C Altitude Pre-select and alert. (shown right).

KEA 346 Encoding Altimeter

Two Garmin GNS 530W NAV/COMS with


GNS 530W is an all-in-one GPS/ Nav/Com.

It features a WAAS-certified GPS, 2280-channel

capacity COM and 200-channel NAV ILS/VOR with

localizer and glideslope. Traditionally it would take a

host of components to provide the capabilities of this

one smart box

N°1 NAV indicator is coupled to the autopilot and is

displayed on the Honeywell King Silver Crown Plus

KI 525i Horizontal Situation Indicator

KCS 55A Remote compass system

(An optional repeater indicator can be provided for the co-pilot)

N°2 displayed on GI 106A Indicator

Audio Garmin GMA 340 with 4 place


XPDR Garmin GTX 330 Digital Transponder

Mode S


DME KN63 DME with Indicator



ADF KR87 Digital ADF with KI227 Indicator


KRA405B Radar Altimeter


RDR 2000 Weather Radar shown with KMD 850 Multi function Display (Upgrade at extra cost with Terrain Awareness TAWS and Traffic Alert Systems).
This radar can be replaced by the RDR 1400C search radar at an exchange price of approx 125,000€

In preparing this presentation we do not know of the area of operation or the aviation service capability available locally, therefore we have shown the standard aircraft with Electro mechanical instruments and No EFIS. We have supplied similar aircraft with 5 tube EFIS.


GARMIN 600 EFIS can now be offered; this would replace the LH and RH Flight Instrument panels but feature the avionics package shown above.






Universal EFIS is also available as an option. This shows the new S-TEC engine gauges, Gold Crown avionics with Universal UNS 1L Flight Management System.



The Pollution Surveillance detection and recording system.

The core of the system is a mission management system that links all available information together and presents a situation overview to the operator for interpretation and further action. The MMS is based on GIS (Geographical Information System) technology, and the available information is presented against a backdrop of a digital nautical or terrestrial chart. The information from on board sensors and external inputs is presented live to the operator and also recorded digitally for later analysis or sent by SATCOM TT-3068A Data Unit data link for immediate analysis.

A post-processing station, located at the mission control centre and/or at the aircraft home base will allow replay of the mission data for continued analysis and processing.



On Board Data Processing and analysis

Sensor and data from all sources is processed and analysed on board and presented to the operator and digitally recorded either for real time transmission by SATCOM or for post flight and indepth analysis.

Complex information is presented graphically for overview and to facilitate instant decision-making.

We can also provide a pilot’s display in cockpit (with a simplified set of controls)



The main sensor of the Mission System is the Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR): this is a mapping radar for surveillance of large sea surfaces. The figure to the right shows an Ericsson SLAR antenna mounted on the aircraft fuselage. The forward motion of the aircraft is utilized by the radar to scan the sea surface perpendicular to the flight track. Whereas traditional radars typically achieve less than twenty echoes per radar scan from each target, the SLAR obtains up to a thousand. This gives a very high capacity for detecting small targets as well as for showing sea surface properties. Oil floating on the sea surface has a dampening effect on the sea clutter (capillary waves) resulting in less radar return to the aircraft from an oil slick than from the surrounding, undisturbed water surface, and this contrast is clearly visible in the SLAR image

The SLAR will typically cover:

18,000 km² per hour for oil spill and small objects on the water surface

48,000 km² per hour for large vessels





Objects with higher reflectivity to radar pulses than the sea surface will instead give a more intense radar return, and the resulting image will therefore show not only oil spills but also ships, boats and other small objects against a background picture of the sea surface.

Thus the SLAR is the ideal sensor for large area surveillance for both oils pollution and very small vessels, target types that are difficult at best, and often impossible, to detect with traditional radar technology.

The SLAR is a day and night sensor. It can be operated under all weather conditions and for GPS accuracy in positioning the SLAR image and will present the image either superimposed on a backdrop digital chart or display it as a traditional “scrolling waterfall”.

The SLAR is designed for the maritime surveillance role and successfully strikes a balance between oil detection, small target detection, and ease of operation.


The Infrared/Ultraviolet (IR/UV) Line Scanner is used to obtain high resolution imagery of accident sites etc.

It is capable of observing minute temperature differences on the water surface and is ideal for mapping oil spills and other types of pollution, as well as other types of hydrological phenomena such as upwelling warmer/colder water.

The IR/UV scanner, operating in the 8.5-12.5μm region (IR) and in the 0.32-0.38 μm region (UV), provides high resolution imagery of oil spills and other features on the surface. IR data can be obtained both day and night providing information on the spreading of oil and also indicating the relative oil thickness within the oil slick. Usually 80% of the oil is concentrated within less than 20% of the visual oil slick. By using the IR information, the efficiency of clean-up operations can be greatly improved.

UV data is obtained during daylight conditions, and is primarily used to map the entire extent of an oil slick, irrespective of thickness. The UV data adds confidence to the IR registration by distinguishing between natural thermal phenomena, such as cold upwelling water, from suspected oil pollution. It also assists an onscene commander in determining the location of the thicker parts an oil spill, thus adding to the efficiency of the clean-up operation.

A high level GPS accuracy with the capability to either superimpose the IR and UV images on a backdrop digital chart or to display the images as a traditional “scrolling waterfall”.

The information from the aircraft can be used as input to oil drift modeling, thus further enhancing the aircraft as an asset in oil spill contingency planning.



The two cameras, (a still and video) are fitted provide digital imagery and video documentation. Each frame is annotated with relevant mission information for future, tamper-free reference. The built-in DGPS system provides accurate and consistent annotation of all observations by logging the time and position of each exposure and displaying this information in a selectable digital map overlay.

This Imagery and other information are linked to the geographical position and to the operator's comment, thus creating a comprehensive folder of legally evidential data


A (normally silent) airborne AIS transponder is integrated within the system. The AIS receives identity information from all transponder equipped ships with VHF distance in the patrol area. Live AIS information is displayed on the map display and logged in the built-in target database. The possibility for the operator to immediately compare AIS information with target information acquired from other sensors will greatly facilitate the control of all sea surface activities within the patrol area.



A FLIR is an indispensable supplementary sensor for most mission profiles. It will add day and night identification and documentation capability to complement the information gathered from other onboard or external sources.

The FLIR is integrated into the surveillance system. Imagery from the FLIR is annotated and stored together with the all other mission data. The FLIR can also be slaved to any target position or geographical reference in the database as selected by the operator, thus facilitating the sorting and identification of targets detected by other means.


The FLIR is mounted in the nose with the processor mounted in the forward avionics bay for easy access. This unit has proven to be the most popular and most reliable one available.



Optional Equipment

Search Radar

A 360° or forward looking or search /tracking/ weather radar can be added to the system for general surveillance. The integrated system is designed to interface with a search radar for importing target tracks into the tactical map database.

Track While Scan capability can be added. Whilst the SLAR unit has very high resolution it does not ’search ahead’ for vessels.




For real-time in-flight data communication a SATCOM system is integrated with the system. With a highspeed SATCOM link the mission report with images and tactical map snapshots captured during the mission can be delivered while in the air or by e-mail or mobile phone after landing. With a low-speed SATCOM link only short messages with information of position and properties of observed activities on the sea surface will be delivered while in the air and mission report and pictures will follow by e-mail or mobile phone data transferred after landing. The recorded mission can also be replayed after landing in the aircraft or on a ground station.



Traffic Collision Avoidance System


Ground Proximity Warning System RADAR 120°

RDR 1400C in exchange for RDR 2000 Nose mounted



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