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Cessna SkyCourier Type Certification Issued By FAA

The Cessna SkyCourier twin-engine turboprop is now a type-certificated aircraft. Textron Aviation announced the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the approval on 14 March 2022. The milestone is a key hurdle on the way to commercial operations of the new design.

Cessna SkyCourier

Cessna SkyCourier
Image courtesy Textron Aviation

According to the manufacturer, the cargo version of the aircraft has attracted a 50 unit order with options for an additional 50 from FedEx Express. This configuration can carry up to three LD3 shipping containers or a total of 6,000 pounds of payload.

Cessna also claims that a passenger variant of the SkyCourier can accommodate up to 19 passengers.


Note: This is a promotional Cessna SkyCourier video via YouTube produced by Textron Aviation.

The Cessna SkyCourier is a civil airplane designed around the need to load, carry and unload shipping industry-standard LD3 shipping containers with high reliability at the lowest cost. Speed was also a priority but more so on the ground during loading and unloading than in the air. This has resulted in a relatively simple configuration with few exotic technologies. For the pilots who fly the SkyCourier, however, a suite of Garmin G1000 NXi avionics offers a modern glass cockpit.

Cessna SkyCourier Cargo

Cessna SkyCourier Cargo Version
Image courtesy: Textron Aviation

The aircraft features a large cargo door, strut-braced high wing and two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65SC turboprop engines for power. Textron Aviation claims it can achieve a maximum cruise speed of 200 knots true and 900 nautical-mile maximum range.

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