Textron's Cessna SkyCourier twin utility turboprop has been awarded type certification by the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil of Brazil (ANAC).
“The Cessna SkyCourier's high payload capacity, short take off and landing capability and cost-efficiency make it a great choice for operators in Brazil,” says senior vice president, global sales and flight operations Lannie O'Bannion. “The aircraft's versatility and performance equip customers in the region with smart solutions for their unique missions and circumstances.”
The aircraft offers an unparalleled combination of performance, capacity and capability, positioning it as a catalyst for enhanced regional connectivity, efficient cargo transportation and reliable regional passenger operations. The SkyCourier is an ideal fit for Brazil's diverse geography, remote locations and growing demand for air transportation.
The SkyCourier's adaptability allows for seamless transitions between different mission profiles; patent-pending quick release seats and removable bulkheads aid conversion between passenger transport, cargo delivery and special missions operations. With its STOL capability, the aircraft can operate from smaller runways, reaching remote communities and serving locations with limited infrastructure. Additionally, the recently certified gravel kit option further expands the capability to operate from unimproved runways.
The twin-engine turboprop offers a combination of performance and lower operating costs for air freight, passenger and special mission operators. In addition to the freighter variant, 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.
Designed with serviceability at the forefront, the SkyCourier features simple systems and easy access points throughout for easy maintenance.
The aircraft is powered by two wing-mounted P&WC 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 cargo door and a flat floor cabin, and the freighter variant can hold up to three LD3 shipping containers with 6,000 pounds of payload capability.