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Textron to name new single-engine turbo at Oshkosh

Textron Aviation will announce a name for its new single-engine turboprop airplane at next week’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
Textron Aviation will announce a name for its new single-engine turboprop airplane at next week’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Courtesy illustration

Textron Aviation will announce more details about its single-engine turboprop – its latest new product announcement – at next week’s AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis.

The Wichita-based maker of Cessna and Beechcraft jets and airplanes said Monday that in addition to announcing the new turboprop’s name and branding, it will have on display a cabin mockup of the airplane aimed at competing in a new market for the company.

“We’ve heard from so many customers who are eager to learn more about our new single-engine turboprop,” Kriya Shortt, Textron Aviation’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a news release.

The single-engine turboprop was officially announced in May at the European Business Aviation Association Convention in Switzerland.

Also on display at the Experimental Aircraft Association show, July 25-31, will be a mock-up of the new GE advanced turboprop engine that will power the new airplane, which is expected to make its first flight in 2018.

Textron Aviation said the SETP will have cruise speeds of up to 285 knots – about 328 miles per hour – a 1,600-nautical mile range with a pilot and four passengers and a large, side cargo door.

Those specifications would put the SETP in direct competition with Swiss airplane maker Pilatus’ popular PC-12 and Daher’s TBM 900.

Pilatus has delivered more than 1,300 PC-12s in the past 10 years, according to a General Aviation Manufacturers Association database, while Daher has delivered more than 680 TBM series aircraft in the same period.

Textron Aviation’s new turboprop would also likely hit the European market not too long after a new rule takes effect there permitting operations of single-engine turboprops for commercial flights in instrument conditions.

The company also will have on display at Oshkosh 11 current production aircraft: Cessna Citation M2, CJ3+ and CJ4 business jets: Beechcraft King Air 250 and Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprops; and Beechcraft twin-engine Baron G58, single-engine Bonanza G36 and Cessna single-engine TTx, Turbo Stationair 206, Skylane 182T and Skyhawk 172.

Textron Aviation said it would also announce enchancements to the Stationair at Oshkosh.

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Textron Aviation Cessna's Kevin Steinert discusses the business jet maker's newest -- and biggest -- airplane, from the National Business Aviation Association Convention in Las Vegas. Video by Jerry Siebenmark / Nov. 18, 2015)

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark