Our lovely Cessna 172 will now be flying in the air on diesel.
Textron Aviation Inc. made the announcement that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have certified the Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A that comes equipped with next-generation Garmin G1000 Nxi avionics.
Aviators in the US and Europe can now purchase Cessna 172 Turbo Skyhawk JT-A.
The beautiful sweet bird is installed with Continental CD-155 engine and the company claims it has surpassed performance targets including improved maximum range.
The Turbo Skyhawk JT-A is available in factory option and comes with integrated power plant, propeller and cockpit upgrade package that boosts the performance of standard Skyhawk.
What Company Officials Say?
Doug May, vice president, Piston Aircraft, stated that the Skyhawk has been the most successful single-engine aircraft of all time and the company is pleased to further enhance the capability by installing the Jet-A power plant technology.
The Turbo Skyhawk JT-A will enable operators to fulfill changing environmental regulations across the globe and this already popular aircraft will reach to new market globally.
The Turbo Skyhawk JT-A promises to strengthen Cessna 172 leadership as the aircraft provides an improved range of 963 nautical miles. It is 78 nautical miles more than original estimates.
The takeoff distance of the aircraft has also improved at 1,320 feet and it can provide a climb performance of 767 feet per minute.
Some of the features of Continental CD-155 engine are:
Direct fuel injection
155 horsepower turbo diesel
A dual channel FADEC driven by a single power lever
It burns Jet-A fuel which is globally available
Improves performance of standard Skyhawk
The aircraft can attain a maximum speed of 134 knots and there is a 50% increase in maximum range at 963 nautical miles over the standard Skyhawk.
Improved takeoff performance is provided by Turbo Skyhawk JT-A particularly in hot and high conditions.
The high wing design of the aircraft enables for superior flying characteristics which is suitable for pilot training. Cessna Skyhawks are the most widely available aircraft in the world and more than 44,000 are still in service.
The Skyhawk aircraft is know to offer the best combination in modern features including a standard Angle-of-Attack display system, leading avionics system – Garmin G1000 Nxi with wireless connectivity and proven dependability.