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Cessna SkyCourier
 
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Cessna’s new twin utility turboprop, the SkyCourier made its maiden flight from the company’s east campus Beech Field Airport on 17 May 2020.
 
The aircraft, piloted by Corey Eckhart, senior test pilot, and Aaron Tobias, chief test pilot, flew for more than two hours on its first flight. The sortie included tests on the aircraft’s performance, stability and control, environmental impact as well as its propulsion and avionics systems. 
 
The prototype aircraft, along with five additional flight and ground test articles, testing programme was focusing on flight controls and aerodynamics.
 
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65SC engines, it was to be offered in various configurations including a 2,700kg payload freighter, a nineteen seat passenger version or a mixed passenger/freight combination, all based on the common platform.
 
It was to feature the popular Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite and have a maximum cruise speed of 200kt (TAS), with a maximum range of 900nm.
 
Both freighter and passenger variants will include single-point pressure refuelling as standard to enable faster turnarounds.
 
 
 
 


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