The SF-260 is the most successful military primary trainer available on the market today, with over 900 aircraft delivered and two million hours flown in every possible environment, a record unmatched in its category. Performance and handling make the SF-260 an effective screener capable of selecting student pilots in the earliest training phase. This minimizes the costs incurred when students are dropped in the more advanced phases of the training program. As training progresses, the SF-260 allows students to achieve the proficiency required for a smooth transition to the basic and advanced phases.
The SF-260 is available in two variants, powered respectively by a 260 HP Lycoming AEIO-540 piston engine or a 350 SHP Rolls-Royce Model 250 turboprop. The aircraft is fully aerobatic and capable of carrying external loads. Thanks to a continuous update program, this elegant two-seater sports the latest digital avionics as well as excellent handling qualities.
The latest model is the SF-260TD, first flown in 2013. Its turboprop engine provides the excess power to provide uncompromised performance even in hot temperatures or high altitude airfields. In addition to a new cabin air conditioning system, the TD offers integrated digital avionics with a full IFR package. Optional equipment includes an Enhanced Vision System, particularly effective at night or in poor weather thanks to external imagery acquired by an infrared camera and displayed on the pilots’ screens at 10x magnification.
The most recent piston-engine standard is the SF-260E.
The SF-260 has been acquired by 27 different military operators, as well as private pilots, commercial flying schools and aerobatic teams.