Both the FAA and EASA have certified the newest version of the Skyhawk, Textron announced on Tuesday. The Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A features Garmin G1000 NXi avionics and the 155-HP turbodiesel Continental CD-155 engine. The maximum range of 963 nautical miles is a 50 percent increase compared to the standard Skyhawk, and maximum speed is increased to 134 knots, a 10-knot boost above the standard model. The JT-A also has an improved takeoff distance of 1,320 feet and a max climb rate of 767 feet per minute. The aircraft has exceeded the company’s initial performance targets, the company said. It also enables operators around the world to comply with environmental regulations that are becoming more strict.
The Continental CD-155 engine features direct fuel injection and a dual channel FADEC driven by a single power lever. The engine burns globally available Jet-A fuel. The Turbo Skyhawk JT-A also offers improved takeoff performance, especially in high and hot conditions, the company said. The Garmin G1000 NXi avionics system features wireless connectivity and a standard angle-of-attack display system. The new three-blade prop enhances performance while reducing noise. Other improvements to the model include LED lighting on the wings, standard ADS-B out and in and a vertical situation display.