Textron Aviation is debuting a full-scale mockup of the Cessna SkyCourier cabin outfitted in passenger configuration this week at the NBAA 2018 static display. The in-development twin-engine turboprop offers seating for up to 19 passengers, a netted rear cabin cargo area that can accommodate luggage and equipment, and an optional overhead baggage compartment for additional storage.
“The Cessna SkyCourier was engineered to be a versatile, heavy utilization turboprop with significant payload to undertake a variety of missions,” said Rob Scholl, senior v-p of sales and marketing. “We’re excited for customers and NBAA attendees to experience many of the aircraft’s distinctive features firsthand.”
In addition to the passenger confirmation, a SkyCourier freighter variant offers a maximum payload of 6,000 pounds and can accommodate up to three LD3 shipping containers. Textron Aviation took the wraps off the utility twin last November with an order from FedEx Express for up to 100 of the aircraft.
Initial wind tunnel testing of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65SC-powered aircraft is complete, and Textron anticipates first flight on the SkyCourier next year, with entry into service in 2020. The Wichita airframer has selected UTC Aerospace Systems (Booth 633) to provide Goodrich de-icers and support for the Cessna SkyCourier.