Cessna SkyCourier Receives Approval From Brazilian Aviation Authority

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Textron Aviation announced today (Aug. 8) it has received type certification for its SkyCourier twin turboprop utility aircraft from the National Civil Aviation Authority of Brazil (ANAC). Textron expects the versatile Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65SC-powered twin to find a healthy market in the South American country, which presents “diverse geography, remote locations and growing demand for air transportation,” according to the Wichita airframer.

Lannie O’Bannion, Textron senior VP of global sales and flight operations, said, “The Cessna SkyCourier’s high payload capacity, short takeoff and landing capability, and cost-efficiency make it a great choice for operators in Brazil,” adding that it provides “smart solutions for their unique missions and circumstances.”

The SkyCourier is best known for its blue-collar utility cargo and service missions, having recently achieved certification for its gravel-kit option for unimproved runways. With its oversize cargo door and a flat floor cabin, in freighter configuration, it can accommodate three LD3 shipping containers with up to 6,000 pounds of payload capacity.

But Textron points out the aircraft’s adaptability also “allows for seamless transitions between different mission profiles, including passenger transport [up to 19-seat capacity], cargo delivery and special-missions operations.”

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Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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