EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) has certified the Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A, paving way for deliveries to customers in Europe. Displayed at AeroExpo in June, the aircraft is equipped with ‘next-generation’ Garmin G1000 NXi avionics and the Continental CD-155 diesel engine.

According to Cessna, the JT-A has exceeded initial performance targets including improved maximum range. “The Skyhawk platform represents the most successful single-engine aircraft of all time, and we’re excited to further enhance its capabilities with Jet-A powerplant technology,” says Doug May, vice president, Piston Aircraft. “The Turbo Skyhawk JT-A allows operators to meet changing environmental regulations around the world, providing solutions to increase the global reach of this already proven platform.”

The Turbo Skyhawk JT-A has a range of 963 nautical miles, an increase of 78 nautical miles over original estimates. The aircraft has also demonstrated an improved takeoff distance of 1,320 feet and a max climb rate of 767 feet per minute.

The JT-A’s 155hp turbodiesel Continental CD-155 has direct fuel injection, as used in the latest diesel cars, and a dual channel FADEC. It is operated with a single power lever. Burning Jet-A fuel it bestows a maximum range increased by fifty per cent over the standard Skyhawk, as well as an increased maximum speed of 134kt. ‘The Turbo Skyhawk JT-A also offers improved takeoff performance, especially in high and hot conditions,’ claims Cessna.

More Skyhawks have been delivered to customers around the world than any other type of aircraft, with more than 44,000 put into service.

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