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Textron Aviation names new turboprop the Cessna Denali

The Cessna Denali single-engine turboprop will target a new market for Wichita-based Textron Aviation.
The Cessna Denali single-engine turboprop will target a new market for Wichita-based Textron Aviation. Courtesy illustration

Textron Aviation has named its new single-engine turboprop the Denali, and it will fall under the Cessna brand.

The Wichita-based maker of Beechcraft and Cessna airplanes made the announcement Monday at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., which runs through Sunday.

The $4.8 million Denali 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 side cargo door measuring more than 4 feet wide by nearly 5 feet high.

It is expected to be a direct competitor to Swiss airplane maker Pilatus’ popular PC-12 and Daher’s TBM 900.

First flight of the airplane — to be manufactured in Wichita — is expected in 2018. Textron has brought a full-size cabin mockup of the airplane to AirVenture.

The company also announced Monday the debut of an upgraded Turbo Stationair. The new Cessna Turbo Stationair HD will have more payload — 189 pounds in additional gross weight — and 250 nautical miles more range than the older T206H variant.

The Stationair HD, with a base price of $664,350, is also on display at Oshkosh.

The new Stationair was part of a 19-airplane order by the Civil Air Patrol that Cessna announced Monday. The order calls for two Stationair HDs and 17 Cessna Skylane 182Ts. At base prices, the order is valued at $9.3 million, though Textron Aviation didn’t disclose its financial terms.

The airplanes, manufactured at Textron Aviation’s Independence plant, are to be delivered through the second half of this year.

At AirVenture on Monday, Textron Aviation also announced:

▪  A multi-year agreement with Kent State University to provide its Flight Technology Program with aircraft, support and training, including the initial purchase of a Skyhawk 172. The Ohio university has a fleet of 17 single-piston engine Skyhawks.

▪  Certification of its high-performance Cessna TTx piston airplane from the European Aviation Safety Agency, Argentina’s National Civil Aviation Administration and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Those certifications mean the TTx is now certified in more than 40 countries.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark