The Cessna SkyCourier turboprop continues to surpass significant milestones as it begins the certification flight test phase of the programme for the high-wing, large utility aircraft. Each major achievement has allowed the members of the flight test programme a better understanding of the aircraft’s strength, capability and durability.
The Cessna SkyCourier aircraft is designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company.
Since the third aircraft joined the flight test program in late 2020, the Cessna SkyCourier team has gained momentum through several substantial accomplishments that include:
- Envelope expansion to all corners of the speed, altitude, and structural design.
- Extreme hot and cold weather testing, ensuring aircraft systems are functional and operational at extreme temperatures.
- Bird strike testing, which included eight separate tests over a two-month period, to demonstrate the impact resistance of the windshield glass and surrounding structure.
- Certification of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65SC engine through Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification expected soon.
- Natural icing certification, demonstrating the aircraft’s ability to operate in actual icing conditions.
“The SkyCourier was designed to fulfil a need in the marketplace for a flexible, reliable, high-utilization aircraft for customers around the world, and its versatility makes it a great fit for a wide range of operations,” said Chris Hearne, senior vice president, Engineering & Programmes. “The aircraft has performed exceptionally well through every phase of testing, and we’re pleased by its progress. With the start of the certification flight test phase, we are entering one of the most important phases of the SkyCourier program, and I’m confident in our highly skilled team and the outstanding abilities of this aircraft.”