Textron Aviation announced the successful first flight of its new twin utility turboprop, the Cessna SkyCourier. The flight is a significant step toward entry into service for the newly designed aircraft, and it marks the beginning of the flight test programme that validates the performance data of the Cessna SkyCourier.
The Cessna SkyCourier took off from the company’s East Campus Beech Field Airport (KBEC). The two test pilots, Corey Eckhart and Aaron Tobias, tested the aircraft’s performance, stability and control, as well as its propulsion, environmental, flight controls and avionics systems. The flight took around 2 hours and 15 minutes.
“We were very pleased with how the Cessna SkyCourier performed throughout its first flight. It was particularly impressive to see how stable the aircraft handled on takeoff and landing. The Cessna SkyCourier already displays a high level of maturity in its flight characteristics, especially for a first flight. We were able to accomplish everything we wanted on this flight, and that’s an excellent start to the flight test program.”
Corey Eckhart, Senior Test Pilot
“The Cessna SkyCourier will be an excellent product in its segment due to its combination of cabin flexibility, payload capability, superior performance and low operating costs. Our customers will be very pleased with what they experience from this aircraft.”
Ron Draper, President and CEO, Textron Aviation
A capable All-rounder
The SkyCourier is equipped with 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65SC engines. It will be offered in various configurations, including a freighter, a 19-seat passenger and a mixed passenger/freight version.
Cessna’s new aircraft is designed for high utilization, robust performance and low operating costs. The maximum cruise speed will be 200 kts, with a maximum range of 900 nm.
For more information: Cessna SkyCourier Website
Photo Credit: Textron Aviation