Sky Aircraft, based in Chambley in France’s Lorraine region, is part of GECI International, which also includes Reims Aviation, maker of the F406 twin turboprop. GECI is also a supplier to manufacturers Airbus on the A380 and A350 XWB programs and Dassault on the 7X program. The SK-105 Skylander is a high-wing twin turboprop powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B engines. Mtow is projected to be 18,500 pounds and maximum payload to be 6,525 pounds. Range will be 1,100 nm, and the SK-105 will be designed to operate from short rugged runways with an interior that is easily convertible from passenger to cargo configuration.
First flight of the SK-105 is planned for the second half of 2011, followed by certification in the first half of 2012 and entry into service in the second half of 2012. At this year’s Paris Air Show, Sky Aircraft said it signed a memorandum of understanding with a Malaysian company for four SK-105s.