CESSNA’s next-generation single engine light aircraft looks like a worthy successor for the legion of four-seat 172s and 182s still flying around the bush after 30 years or more.
The new aircraft shows just how far technology has come in development of electronics, avionics, and construction materials since the first-generation utility aircraft were being made.
Aeromil Pacific, Cessna’s Australian authorised representative, will be demonstrating the outstanding capabilities of the new Cessna TTx during April and May.
At 235 knots, the TTx is the fastest fixed-gear piston-engined aircraft in its class. Its efficient laminar-flow wing design, and the low-drag profile all add up to unprecedented speed.
The TTx has a lighter and stronger all-composite body and wing that provide a signature stable ride, and remains the only aircraft in its class to hold a rugged Utility Category certification due to its airframe strength.
Takeoff distance is 1900 feet and maximum cruising range is 1250km. The aircraft’s useful load is almost 500kg, and rate of climb is 1400 feet per minute.
The twin turbocharged TSIO-550 six-cylinder Continental motor provides 231kw (310hp) driven through a three-blade McCauley constant-speed prop, offering performance more like a small turbine.
The TTx features a modern cockpit layout and is the first light aircraft to be equipped with the Garmin G2000 avionics system, featuring a glass cockpit with dual 14.1 inch high definition displays and touch-screen controls.
The TTx is also equipped with the Garmin Electronic Stability Protection (ESP) system, a feature designed to help pilots keep the high-performance aircraft operating within the normal flight envelope.
The fully-lined four passenger cabin features leather seats, side stick controls and armrests and fully integrated automatic climate control air-conditioning system. Access is via dual composite gull wing doors with remote keyless entry.
The TTx’s all-composite construction offers strength, stability and durability that are unparalleled within the class. The dual wing spars are constructed entirely from directional carbon fibre and bear such immense strength that each spar, independently, is capable of supporting the full load limits of the aircraft.
It is through such structural integrity that the TTx is the only aircraft in its class to hold a Utility Category certification, the FAA’s most demanding non-aerobatic certification level.
The all-composite construction process enabled the design of the aircraft’s unique and graceful lines, providing excellent aerodynamic performance and handling.
The Cessna TTx will feature at a special launch event to be held at Aeromil Pacific’s hangar at the Sunshine Coast Airport, Queensland on 28 April, where the aircraft will be showcased to industry, potential customers and the media.
Aeromil Pacific managing director, Steve Padgett said the TTx’s speed, performance and handling characteristics along with its range, would offer private and business pilots across regional and rural parts of Australia an outstanding aircraft for Australian conditions.