“The Cessna Denali will enter the market as the superior aircraft in its segment,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Textron Aviation. “The Denali is already garnering interest and commitments because of its winning combination of features, including class-leading performance and ownership costs, as well as the widest and most comfortable cabin in its segment, all backed by an unrivaled global factory-direct service network.”
The Cessna Denali is being designed to outperform its competition, mainly the Pilatus PC-12 NG, in capability, pilot interface and ownership costs. Will cruise speeds of 285 knots with full fuel payload of 1,100 pounds, the Denali will have a range of 1,600 nautical miles.
The Denali will be powered by GE’s new advanced turboprop engine, which will ease pilot workload with its single-lever power and propeller control. The airplane will be equipped with McCauley’s new 105-inch diameter composite, 5-blade, constant speed propeller, which is full feathering with reversible pitch and ice protection.
The Garmin G3000 intuitive touchscreen avionics suite is included and will include high-resolution multifunction displays and split-screen capability, with weather radar, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities.
The flat floor cabin is easily converted between passenger and cargo configurations. The large aft cargo door, familiar on the PC-12, makes the aircraft more versatile in many special mission applications.
The cabin’s standard seating is a configuration of six individual reclining seats, with a nine-place high density seating option available.
The digital pressurization system maintains a 6,130 foot cabin altitude at a service ceiling of 31,000 feet. The Denali also offers an optional externally serviceable belted lavatory in the back of the cabin.
The Cessna Denali will start test flights in 2018.