Cessna SkyCourier Receives Certification from Brazil’s Civil Aviation Authority

Textron Aviation says the twin turboprop utility aircraft is well suited to work in Brazil’s diverse geography.

Textron Aviation’s Cessna SkyCourier received ANAC certification in Brazil. [Courtesy: Textron Aviation]

Textron Aviation said the National Civil Aviation Authority of Brazil, known as ANAC, has awarded type certification for the company’s Cessna SkyCourier twin turboprop utility aircraft, giving it access to the country’s vibrant aviation market.

The company said the SkyCourier, which received FAA certification last year, "offers an unparalleled combination of performance, capacity, and capability.” The aircraft’s versatility makes it ideal for service in Brazil, where demand for air transport is growing and the geography can be challenging.

“The Cessna SkyCourier's high payload capacity, short takeoff and landing capability, and cost efficiency make it a great choice for operators in Brazil,” said Lannie O’Bannion, Textron’s senior vice president, global sales and flight operations. “The aircraft's versatility and performance equip customers in the region with smart solutions for their unique missions and circumstances.”

The SkyCourier is designed to serve remote locations and areas with limited infrastructure while performing missions ranging from passenger and cargo transport to special operations. The aircraft’s recently certified gravel kit option enhances its ability to operate from unimproved strips.

The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65SC turboprop engines mounted on the wings and has a maximum cruise speed of more than 200 ktas. It can carry up to 19 passengers in its cabin, which can be reconfigured for cargo using quick-release seats and removable bulkheads. The aircraft has up to a 6,000-pound payload capacity.

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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