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Cessna SkyCourier (Model 408)

United States (2020)
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The SkyCourier is a new venture announced by Textron Aviation set to cover the cargo-hauling and passenger transport markets.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Cessna SkyCourier (Model 408) Turboprop Cargo / Passenger Utility Transport Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 4/4/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Textron Aviation announced its new "SkyCourier" (Model 408) high-winged transport aircraft in November of 2017 to be produced under the Cessna brand label. The aircraft is intended to seize a market position between light compact transport models and higher-cost, medium-sized utility-minded haulers. The design is an all-new attempt by the company and has been developed with input from FedEx. In turn, FedEx has committed to becoming the Cessna SkyCourier's launch customer with 100 on order (50 through an initial batch with an option for 50 more aircraft to follow).

The new product is similar in function to the existing Cessna "Caravan" (Model 208) but made dimensionally larger for increase hauling capabilities in the growing cargo market. The Caravan line was introduced in 1984 and is in active use today (2017) with some 2,500 units produced - of note is that FedEx is one of its high-profile operators.

As it stands, the SkyCourier sports a twin-engined configuration and the nacelles are installed on the braced high-mounted (straight) wing mainplanes allowing for the proper ground clearance and excellent lifting properties. A fixed tricycle undercarriage is used for ground-running. The flight crew sits at front, aft of the short nosecone, in a side-by-side arrangement with good views of the action ahead. The tail unit incorporates a single vertical fin with high-mounted horizontal planes (the classic Multhopp "T-tail").

Internally, the SkyCourier will have a flexible configuration capability meaning that it can be outfitted to carry cargo or passengers depending on customer requirements. Up to three LD3-class shipping containers can be fitted into the hold measuring up to a maximum of 6,000lb of cargo. A super-wide 87"x69" door will facilitate cargo movement on and off the plane. In the passenger-minded single-aisle (2x1 abreast seating) configuration, it will seat nineteen with a maximum overall weight limit (including luggage) of 5,000lb. Up to eight large vision ports will dot the sides of the fuselage with an entry door fitted at the rear of the portside. Pilots will have separate, automobile-style doors at the nose for entry-exit.
Dimensionally, the aircraft is given an overall length of 54.9 feet with a wingspan of 72 feet and a height of 19.8 feet. It will cruise at speeds up to200 knots and range out to 900 nautical miles (clean) up to altitudes nearing 25,000 feet. Power is set to come from the popular in-service 2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6A-65SC turboprop engines outputting 1,100 horsepower each. The four-bladed aluminum propellers will come from McCauley and feature a reverse and auto-feathering capability.

Development on the SkyCourier is ongoing (2017) with testing set to continue into 2018-2019. Service entry is tentatively scheduled for sometime in 2020.

April 2018 - It was revealed that the SkyCourier design has undergone wind-tunnel testing.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (230mph).

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Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United States
Year: 2020
Type: Turboprop Cargo / Passenger Utility Transport Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Cessna (Textron Aviation) - USA
Production: 0
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
United States (possible)
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Cessna SkyCourier 408 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
54.82 ft


Meters
16.71 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
72.01 ft


Meters
21.95 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
19.75 ft


Meters
6.02 m

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6A-65SC turboprop engines developing 1,100 horsepower each driving four-bladed propeller units.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
230 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
370 kph


Knots
200 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
1,036 mi


Kilometers
1,667 km


Nautical Miles
900 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
25,000 ft


Meters
7,620 m


Miles
4.73 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None. Payload of up to 6,000lb of cargo or ninetween passengers in seating arrangement.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• "SkyCourier" Model 408 - Base Series Designation