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Cessna SkyCourier Completes First Flight

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The Cessna SkyCourier twin-turboprop prototype lifted off on its first flight Sunday morning from Beech Field at Textron Aviation’s east campus in Wichita. Piloted by senior test pilot Corey Eckhart and chief test pilot Aaron Tobias, the utility twin flew for two hours and 15 minutes. (www.ainonline.com) Más...

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sparkie624
sparkie624 12
To me, it looks like a cross between a Shorts and an ATR
nasdisco
Chris B 7
Winnah.

Anyone else want to see it on floats or skis?
FrankHarvey
Frank Harvey 1
Will the floats will be mounted close together on the fuselage,meaning you'll need largish wing tip floats, adding drag, or will they be on substantial pylons and bracing which would also add a lot of drag ? I wonder if either float configuration will make it a fuel hog.
FrankHarvey
Frank Harvey 2
Or a twin engined Trislander.
andyc852
Andy Cruickshank 4
That would be an Islander!
ianmcdonell
ian mcdonell 9
More like a Twin Otter
andyc852
Andy Cruickshank 1
Agree. Looks like faster than the venerable Twotter. What a legacy to follow!
ADXbear
ADXbear 6
There we go.. slap a delta or United logo on her and ya nice slow and liw cost flying.
DrayHines
Dray Hines 5
Looks like a work horse. Bravo
Propwash122
Peter Fuller 2
Yes, a work horse: form follows function, can carry three LD3 containers. FedEx is the launch customer, ordered 50, optioned 50 more. Guess they need something bigger than their Cessna Caravans.
bingoair
Markus Wolff 2
I know the freight dogs are gonna be mildly impressed. Looks like a winner.
RobertCrum
Robert Crum 2
I hope it handles cold weather better than an ATR.
rudealinska
Jerry Tuel 2
Congratulations. Looks like a winner and a pilots airplane.
planeman33
Donald Rand 2
I saw a photo head on and I immediatly thought Shorts.
yr2012
matt jensen 2
We'll stay with the four DHC-6's that we have - 1966, 1976, 1987 & 2015
corsair2
David Seider 1
"TwOtter 2020"

My two cents.
jromf
Joyce Romoff 1
Isn’t this a degradation in technology from jet engines back to propellers? I’m not trying to be argumentative; I truly don’t understand.
RickThomas
Rick Thomas 1
Well at least it's a high wing with wing struts
gilgraham
gil graham 1
Too bad they didn't use Garretts.
blakerl
Larry Blaker 1
When was the last time Cessna built a twin prop?
EtienneDaniels
Etienne Daniels 1
Looks more like GAP NOMAD or Dornier DO 228, could be a useful aircraft for the African and Asian market.
FrankHarvey
Frank Harvey 1
I wonder how much drag those struts add.
jmonroe
jmonroe 1
It doesn't even look like a Cessna. What were they thinking?
FrankHarvey
Frank Harvey 3
They might have been thinking "Hey there's a design that works, lets copy it"..... maybe next up a double-deck Cessna "380" with four fans.
captwright
captwright 0
Man that thing is ugly.
CHBHA
CB HARDY 0
I guess the patent on the 'Otter' expired.
jmilleratp
John Miller 4
The Twin Otter is still being manufactured, now by Viking Air.

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