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Neiva Regente Aircraft Information

Neiva Regente

Manufacturer: Neiva
First flight: 1961
Primary user: Brazilian Air Force
Number built: 122
Variants: none

Neiva Regente is a Brazilian prop-driven four-seat light utility aircraft manufactured by Indxºstria Aeronx¡utica Neiva.


The design was started in 1959 for a four-seat cabin monoplane aircraft with a high wing and fixed undercarriage. The prototype, designated the Neiva Regente 360C, was first flown on 7 September 1961 with a 145 hp (108 kW) Continental O-300 piston engine. The type was ordered into production by the Brazilian Air Force with a more powerful 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360-A1D engine. Eighty aircraft were built originally designated the U-42 (later changed to C-42) for the utility role.

Neiva developed a three-seat Air Observation Post version for the Air Force, designated the Regente 420L. Its tailcone was lowered in order to improve visibility, and it used a more powerful Continental IO-360D 210 hp engine. The aircraft was first flown in January 1967 as the YL-42. Forty were built for the Brazilian Air Force as the L-42. It had provision to carry light bombs or rockets on underwing hardpoints.

Neiva also developed a four-seat civil version designated the Lanceiro. The prototype (Registered PP-ZAH) first flew in 1970, followed by production aircraft in 1973. The company's subsequent involvement with Embraer resulted in the Lanceiro's program termination.


Regente 360C - utility version (80 built)
U-42 - military designation of the Regente 360C
C-42 - military designation changed from U-42
Regente 420L - Air Observation Post version (40 built)
L-42 - military designation of the Regente 420L
Lanciero - civil version (2 built)



Brazilian Air Force


Zimbabwe Air Force*

they operate 6 Regente's in road patrol since May 2008

Specifications (C-42)

Data from Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide

General characteristics

Crew: 2: student, instructor
Length: 23 ft 1 in (7 m)
Wingspan: 29 ft 11 in (9.1 m)
Height: 9 ft 7 in (2.9 m)
Wing area: 144.78 ft² (13.45m²)
Empty weight: 1,410 lb (640 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 2,293 lb (1,040 kg)
Powerplant: 1x— Lycoming O-360-A1D four-cylinder piston engine, 180 hp (134 kW)


Maximum speed: 137 mph (220 km/h)
Range: 482 nm (896 km)


none fitted as standard

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