Textron Aviation is now offering a gravel kit for its new twin engine, large-utility Cessna SkyCourier turboprop that gives customers the flexibility to operate their aircraft in and out of unimproved runways. First deliveries of the SkyCourier with the installed option will commence later this month.
The Cessna SkyCourier, a clean-sheet design aircraft designed and manufactured by Textron, achieved FAA type certification in March 2022 with first deliveries following just two months later.
“Cessna aircraft have been moving people and critically-needed goods in and out of remote areas for decades, and this new capability allows SkyCourier customers to operate in some of the world's most demanding environments,” says senior vice president of sales and flight operations Lannie O'Bannion. “The addition of this new gravel kit greatly enhances the already rugged reliability of the SkyCourier.”
This additional option for the SkyCourier paves the way for further use in global markets by a variety of customers including government agencies, law enforcement and militaries, air ambulance operators, freight haulers, corporations and humanitarian organisations.
The Cessna SkyCourier twin engine, high-wing turboprop offers a combination of performance and lower operating costs for air freight, passenger and special mission operators. In addition to the freighter version, there is a 19 passenger variant that includes separate crew and passenger entries for smooth boarding, as well as large cabin windows for natural light and views. Both configurations offer single-point pressure refuelling to enable faster turnarounds.
The aircraft is powered by two wing-mounted Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65SC turboprop engines and features the McCauley Propeller C779, a heavy duty and reliable 110 inch aluminium four-blade propeller, which is full feathering with reversible pitch, designed to enhance the performance of the aircraft while hauling large loads. The SkyCourier is operated with Garmin G1000 NXi avionics. It has a maximum cruise speed of more than 200 ktas and a 900 nm maximum range. The aircraft features a large door and a flat floor cabin, and the freighter version can hold up to three LD3 shipping containers with 6,000 lbs of payload capability.