Textron Aviation has completed initial wind tunnel testing of its new twin-engine Cessna SkyCourier turboprop. Results will provide performance and aerodynamic and structural load data to further hone the aircraft design.
"For the initial wind tunnel testing, we use a custom, precision model with electric motors and scaled propellers calibrated to represent the thrust produced by the real aircraft," said Brad Thress, SVP of engineering.
The Cessna Sky Courier will have a 900-nm max range and 6,000-lb. payload capacity. The company is anticipating first flight in 2019 with entry into service the following year.