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Cessna SkyCourier's first aircraft on its maiden flight. (Photo: Textron Aviation)

Cessna SkyCourier Completes Successful First Flight

Textron Aviation announced a successful first flight of its new twin utility turboprop, the Cessna SkyCourier. The clean sheet designed SkyCourier, featuring Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65SC engines, will be offered in various configurations including a 6,000-pound payload capable freighter, a 19-seat passenger version or a mixed passenger/freight combination, all based on the common platform. “Today was an exciting day for our employees, our suppliers and our customers. The Cessna SkyCourier performed exactly as we expected, which is a testament…

Textron Furloughs 7,000, Axes Production Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Textron Aviation is now the latest aerospace company to announce its plan for the next few months as the COVID-19 scenario continues to grab hold of the American economy. The company, which owns firms such as Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker and Bell Helicopter, announced that it will furlough roughly 7,000 employees…

Big Names Drop Singapore Airshow Over Coronavirus Fears

Although aviation presence has already been hurt by the coronavirus outbreak in Asia, the trend has continued and has now trickled into the Singapore Airshow. Four major aircraft manufacturers have announced they will not appear in the show out of fear of the outbreak or were denied access by the…

Assets on the Ground: A Look at the Competitive Ground…

While airline announcements ring in at every major air show this summer for new aircraft that will join the fleet, this equipment alone will not get your or your bag from destination to destination as efficiently as one may think.  What lies beneath these million-dollar machines, literally, is the quietly…