• The first engine run on the SkyCourier prototype. (Textron Aviation)
    The first engine run on the SkyCourier prototype. (Textron Aviation)

Textron Aviation announced this week that Cessna has conducted the first engine runs on the SkyCourier prototype.

The SkyCourier is a high-wing twin turbo-prop designed as both a cargo and short-haul passenger aircraft.

Ground testing of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65SC engines verified the functionality of the fuel system and engines, as well as the interface with the avionics and electrical systems.

“The successful engine run tests are a pivotal step toward proving the maturity of the aircraft and its systems as we prepare for first flight,” said Chris Hearne, senior vice president, Programs and Engineering. “We continue to meet each important milestone in our development schedule, and we look forward to having an outstanding aircraft for our customers.”

The Cessna SkyCourier program continues to advance with assembly of the prototype and additional five flight and ground test articles.

Textron has scheduled the first flight for later this year. The company already has firm orders for 50 aircraft from launch customer Federal Express with options for another 50.

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