Textron Inc. has completed initial wind tunnel testing of its new twin-engine Cessna SkyCourier turboprop.

Results from comprehensive wind tunnel tests will provide performance and aerodynamic characteristics and structural load data, further finalising the aircraft design, the company says.

“For the initial wind tunnel testing, we use a custom, precision model with electric motors and scaled propellers calibrated to represent the thrust produced by the real aircraft,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, engineering. “We’re making outstanding progress in the development of this clean-sheet aircraft and are eager to continue defining the details that will allow us to start creating tools and parts.”

The company is anticipating first flight of the Cessna SkyCourier in 2019 with entry into service in 2020.

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