Cessna SkyCourier gains type certification in Brazil

Two Cessna SkyCourier aircraft fly in formation over forest.
Photo Credit: Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation has now attained type certification by the National Civil Aviation Authority of Brazil (ANAC) for its Cessna SkyCourier twin utility turboprop aircraft.

This national certification signals the aircraft’s readiness to operate in the dynamic Brazilian market and also sets the stage for meeting the diverse aviation needs of the region.

Brazilian Aviation and the Cessna SkyCourier


The Cessna SkyCourier offers an array of features that make it an ideal choice for operators in Brazil. The aircraft’s impressive payload capacity, coupled with its short takeoff and landing capability, and cost-efficiency, positions it as a standout option.

Lannie O’Bannion, the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Flight Operations, acknowledges the SkyCourier’s versatility and performance, underlining its ability to provide intelligent solutions tailored to the distinct missions and circumstances of customers in the region.

The Cessna SkyCourier shines through as a result of its exceptional fusion of performance, capacity, and capability. This unique blend presents itself as a driving force for bolstering regional connectivity, streamlining cargo transportation, and ensuring dependable passenger operations.

As Brazil boasts diverse geography, including remote areas, the SkyCourier steps up as a suitable match for the nation’s growing demand for air transportation.

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Mission Diversity


One of the SkyCourier’s remarkable attributes is its adaptability, allowing seamless transitions between various mission profiles. Whether engaged in passenger transport, cargo delivery, or special missions operations, the aircraft proves its mettle.

Its short takeoff and landing prowess empower it to operate from smaller runways, facilitating access to remote communities and underserved locations.

Additionally, the aircraft’s recently certified gravel kit option expands its horizons, enabling operations from unimproved runways.

A Cessna SkyCourier on a dirt runway at dawn.
Photo Credit: Textron

Exploring the Cessna SkyCourier


The Cessna SkyCourier’s twin-engine, high-wing turboprop design strikes a balance between performance and operational costs. Serving air freight, passengers, and special missions, the aircraft comes in two main variants: a freighter model and a 19-passenger variant.

The latter offers separate crew and passenger entries, enhancing the boarding process, while the large cabin windows provide ample natural light and stunning views.

For expedited turnarounds, both configurations feature single-point pressure refueling.

Serviceability and Transformation

Designed with serviceability in mind, the SkyCourier boasts user-friendly systems and accessible points throughout the aircraft, simplifying maintenance.

Beyond this, the Textron Aviation team has innovatively conceived a way to transform the aircraft from a 19-seat passenger setup to a cargo configuration.

This transformation is made possible through patent-pending quick-release seats and removable bulkheads, showcasing the aircraft’s adaptability and operational versatility.

The Cessna Skycourier parked at dusk.
Photo Credit: Textron

Power and Performance

The SkyCourier’s power source consists of two wing-mounted Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65SC turboprop engines, partnered with the McCauley Propeller C779.

This heavy-duty and reliable 110-inch aluminum four-blade propeller features full feathering with reversible pitch, substantially enhancing the aircraft’s performance while managing substantial loads.

The aircraft’s operations are steered by Garmin G1000 NXi avionics, enabling a maximum cruise speed exceeding 200 KTAS and a maximum range of 900 nautical miles.

With its large cargo door and spacious flat-floor cabin, the freighter variant can effortlessly accommodate up to three LD3 shipping containers, boasting an impressive payload capability of 6,000 pounds.

Summary

With its type certification from ANAC, the Cessna SkyCourier marks a significant advancement in Brazil’s aviation sector. Its multifaceted capabilities, adaptable design, and exceptional performance parameters render it a potent asset for various aviation missions.

As the Brazilian market continues to evolve and diversify, the SkyCourier stands poised to carve a niche as a reliable and versatile workhorse in the sky.

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