Denali Initial Ground Engine Runs Completed


Textron Aviation has successfully completed the initial ground engine runs on its Beechcraft Denali single-engine turboprop prototype. According to the company, the testing verified fuel system and engine functionality along with the avionics and electrical systems interface. The ground engine runs took place at Textron’s west campus in Wichita, Kansas.

“These successful engine runs are a significant step toward the upcoming inaugural flight for the Beechcraft Denali, and they are a testament to the determination and collaboration from both the Textron Aviation and GE Aviation teams,” said Chris Hearne, Textron Aviation senior vice president for engineering. “The Denali features a technologically advanced engine that burns less fuel. It has an intuitive avionics suite that eases pilot workload and boasts the most spacious cabin in its segment.”

Launched in 2016 under the Cessna brand, the Garmin G3000-equipped Beechcraft Denali is expected to have a cruise speed of 285 knots, 1,100-pound full fuel payload and range of 1,600 NM and seat up to eleven people. The aircraft is powered by GE Aviation’s new Catalyst engine, which itself is being prepped to undertake its first flight on a Beechcraft King Air flying test bed following more than 2,450 hours of testing. Textron is aiming to fly the Denali for the first time by the end of the year and hopes to have it certified in 2023.

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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    • 2400 hours of testing makes the first owners of these aircraft test pilots. But they changed the make from Cessna to Beech craft so no worries, it is basically a single engine King Air and see how safe the king airs are. I am glad i will be retired when this finally comes to market in 2033.

  1. Yes, five years and counting in development, and “hopes to have it certified in 2013.”

    And people wonder why press releases saying that the multitude of electric airplane and VTOL announcements stating “expects certification in the second quarter of next year” is met with skepticism?

    • One should be skeptical of unrealistic certification estimates. If the skepticism didn’t always come with nasty rhetoric and insults about people trying anything except a slightly better version of what the speaker’s career, investment, or image depend upon it wouldn’t be a thing.

  2. I am familiar with the Catalyst program, and would fly behind the engine without any qualms. As to the airframe, perhaps Textron can get “compliance by comparative analysis” to the PC12.

  3. They changed the company name from Cessna to Beechcraft so they could charge twice as much for parts and service.