Aug 4, 2021

Cessna SkyCourier Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture 2021

On the opening day of EAA AirVenture on July 26, the Cessna SkyCourier arrived for its first public appearance. The twin-engine turboprop dominated the entrance ramp to Boeing Plaza while curious onlookers gathered around for a gander at the next-generation cargo and passenger hauler.

Powered by two 1,100-shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65SC turboprop engines, this SkyCourier is serial number one, and it took a brief time off from flight testing to participate in the AirVenture Innovation Showcase.

A clean-sheet design, the SkyCourier resulted from discussions with FedEx Express, which has ordered 50 SkyCouriers. The design’s 87-by 69-inch rear cargo door and fuselage are designed to accommodate three standard LD3-size containers, giving the SkyCourier twice the capacity of a Caravan. Certification and first delivery are expected later this year.

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