Utility aircraft

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Utility aircraft
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The Harbin Y-12 is a utility aircraft.

A utility aircraft is a general-purpose light aircraft or helicopter, usually used for transporting people or freight, but also for other duties when a more specialised aircraft is not required or available.

The term can also refer to an aircraft certified under American, Canadian, European or Australian regulations as a Utility Category Aircraft, which indicates that it is permitted to conduct limited aerobatics. The approved maneuvers include chandelles, lazy eights, spins and steep turns over 60° of bank.[1][2][3]

In the United States, military utility aircraft are given the prefix U in their designations.

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