Cessna SkyCourier Expands Capability With Gravel Kit Option

The kit upgrade allows the twin-engine turboprop to operate from unimproved runways.

Textron Aviation predicts that the gravel kit option will make the SkyCourier more attractive for humanitarian organizations, law enforcement or any customer who benefits from operating off unimproved runways. [Courtesy: Textron Aviation]

Textron Aviation (NYSE: TXT) is increasing the operational flexibility of the recently certified Cessna SkyCourier with the introduction of a new gravel kit. The addition of the gravel kit will give customers more flexibility allowing them to operate their aircraft from unimproved runways.

Company officials predict that the gravel kit option will make the SkyCourier more attractive to a variety of customers such as humanitarian organizations, government agencies, law enforcement and militaries, air ambulance operators, freight haulers, and corporations that benefit from operating off unimproved runways.

The SkyCourier, Cessna's clean-sheet design twin-engine turboprop, was FAA certified in March 2022. Deliveries began two months later.

The Cessna SkyCourier twin-engine, high-wing turboprop can be configured for both freight and up to 19 passengers. The aircraft has single-point pressure refueling to enable faster turnarounds when time is of the essence. The aircraft is designed to hold up to 6,000 pounds of payload.

The SkyCourier is powered by a pair of wing-mounted Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65SC turboprop engines with  McCauley C779 four-bladed propellers. The flight deck features Garmin G1000 NXi avionics.

“The addition of this new gravel kit greatly enhances the already rugged reliability of the SkyCourier,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president of sales and flight operations. “Cessna aircraft have been moving people and critically-needed goods in and out of remote areas for decades, and this new capability allows SkyCourier customers to operate in some of the world’s most demanding environments."

The SkyCourier has a maximum cruise speed of more than 200 ktas and a range of approximately 900 nm.

The first deliveries of the SkyCourier with the gravel kit option are expected to begin later this month.

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.

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