Cessna Working On Turboprop Single?
Cessna CEO Jack Pelton has all but confirmed the company will soon be introducing a turboprop single aimed at bridging a market gap between its high-performance piston single Corvalis and the Mustang entry-level jet. In a video interview with AOPA, Pelton was asked about a persistent rumor that it's developing what is commonly referred to as a "turboprop Mustang." Pelton has been asked about it repeatedly at the National Business Aviation Association convention and finally commented on it to AOPA. There's also a shadowy FAA registry reference to a turboprop single Cessna E350 that suggests it's an R&D project.
In the AOPA report, Pelton suggests the turboprop will be less expensive than a Mustang (which will also make it less expensive than a TBM 850) and that its announcement is imminent. He said he'd like to bring it to AOPA Summit but he did not think it would be ready. The rumor about the aircraft first surfaced at AirVenture Oshkosh and a persistent thread is that it is being kept at Pelton's personal hangar at his vacation home in Oklahoma.