French turboprop manufacturer ATR hopes a brand-new Thales avionics suite and other improvements will further boost turboprop sales, and help turn around the weak North American market. The new features will be the hallmarks of the company’s upgraded model line ATR 42/72-600, which will begin replacing current 500 models around 2010. Executives say ATR has been in discussions with a potential customer for the new model since early last October (AW&ST Oct. 8, p. 24). Like the ...

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