Cessna SkyCourier completes first ground engine tests

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Textron Aviation has successfully completed initial ground engine tests on its prototype Cessna SkyCourier twin utility turboprop.

These ground engine tests verified the functionality of the fuel system and Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65SC engines, as well as the interface with the avionics and electrical systems.

The Cessna SkyCourier will be offered in various configurations including a 6,000 lb payload capable freighter, a 19-seat passenger version and a mixed passenger/freight combination, all based on the common platform.

The aircraft will feature a Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite, a maximum cruise speed of up to 200ktas and a maximum range of 900 nautical miles. Both freighter and passenger variants of the Cessna SkyCourier will offer single-point pressure refuelling to enable faster turnarounds.

“The successful engine run tests are a pivotal step towards proving the maturity of the aircraft and its systems as we prepare for first flight,” said Chris Hearne, senior vice president of programmes and engineering at Textron Aviation. “We continue to meet each important milestone in our development schedule, and we look forward to having an outstanding aircraft for our customers.”

The Cessna SkyCourier programme continues to advance with assembly of the prototype and additional five flight and ground test articles. The tail was installed to the fuselage in early February 2020. Power to the aircraft’s electrical system was turned on in January 2020, and the wings were successfully mated to the fuselage in December 2019.

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