Oshkosh, Wisconsin – Just one year after announcing it would bring a clean-sheet design single engine turboprop (SETP) to market, Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has unveiled the Cessna Denali. A mockup of the aircraft’s cabin sits alongside a mockup of GE Aviation’s all new advanced turboprop engine at Textron Aviation’s chalet this week during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh.
“The Denali is already garnering interest and commitments,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Textron Aviation.
The program is targeted to achieve first flight in 2018 and letters of intent are being accepted.
The clean-sheet Cessna Denali is being designed to outperform its competition in capability, pilot interface, and ownership costs. Engineered to achieve cruise speeds of 285kts and full fuel payload of 1,100 lb, the Denali will have a range of 1,600nm at high-speed cruise with one pilot and four passengers and will be able to fly from Los Angeles to Chicago, New York to Miami, or London to Moscow.
The Denali will be powered by GE’s new advanced turboprop engine. The FADEC-equipped, 1,240 shaft horse power (shp)-rated turboprop engine will ease pilot workload with its single-lever power and propeller control. The airplane will be equipped with McCauley’s new 105" diameter composite, 5-blade, constant speed propeller, which is full feathering with reversible pitch and ice protection. The engine is designed to provide an initial 4,000 hour time between overhaul.
The Denali will feature the Garmin G3000 intuitive touchscreen avionics suite and will include high-resolution multifunction displays and split-screen capability. The G3000 flight deck will include weather radar, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities, which will make it compliant with a significant aspect of future Next Generation air traffic control requirements.
The aircraft will feature a 53" wide by 59" high aft cargo door. The Denali’s cabin will feature a standard seating configuration of six individual reclining seats and will offer a nine-place high density seating option. The aircraft will boast a digital pressurization system maintaining a 6,130ft cabin altitude at a service ceiling of 31,000ft and the Denali will offer customers an optional externally serviceable belted lavatory with pocket door enclosure that is located in the back of the cabin. Other features are large cabin windows, interior LED lighting, a forward refreshment cabinet, and an in-flight accessible baggage compartment.
Denali customers will have access to Textron Aviation’s global service network that includes 21 company-owned service centers located around the world. In addition to its company-owned footprint, Textron Aviation’s turbine customers have access to a global network of nearly 200 authorized service facilities. Textron Aviation also offers a mobile support program featuring more than 60 mobile service units, three dedicated support aircraft, and on-site service technicians and support.
Source:Textron Aviation Inc.