Cessna completed the first production flight of its new single engine piston-powered aircraft, the Turbo Skylane 182 JT-A.
(Cessna Turbo Skylane JT-A's first flight. Photo: Cessna.)
The flight lasted 2.3 hours, reaching an altitude of 8,000 feet and a true air speed of 158 knots, from the company's facility in Independence, Kan. Cessna is touting the new aircraft as the first modern aircraft powered by a piston engine designed to run on Jet-A fuel.
Avgas, the fuel typically used for single-engine aircraft, is becoming scarce and expensive for the general aviation industry, Cessna said.
"This is groundbreaking in that it is the first aircraft powered by a diesel engine specifically designed for aviation," said Jeff Umscheid, business leader for the Cessna 172, 182 and 206 model aircraft, referring to JT-A's fuel source. "Operators will find many surprising advantages with the JT-A, and pilots will enjoy the lower workload. Add to this the benefit of being able to fuel it with a much cheaper, more available fuel anywhere in the world and it’s not difficult to see why the JT-A is in such demand."
The four-seater Turbo Skylane runs on an SMA-produced 227 horsepower engine, expected to burn approximately 30-40 percent less fuel than comparable avgas engines. In the cockpit, the turboprop features the all-glass Garmin G100 flight deck.
Cessna expects certification of the aircraft and first deliveries by the end of June.
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