EAA AirVenture debut for Beechcraft Denali
Textron Aviation‘s new single-engine turboprop currently in development, the Beechcraft Denali, has made its show debut at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Its presence offers the industry a first look at the company’s latest clean-sheet design aircraft.
“The Denali’s clean-sheet and high-performance design is revolutionising the single engine turboprop market,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Sales & Flight Operations. “Beechcraft turboprops are renowned for their versatility and reliability, and I’m thrilled to unveil the newest member of the legendary product family to the world.”
Textron Aviation recently announced it is bringing the Garmin Emergency Autoland system to the Denali. This new feature is being incorporated into the aircraft’s development and flight test programme and will be available as a standard feature at time of entry into service.
Show attendees can view the Beechcraft Denali between Monday, July 24th to Sunday, July 30th, at the Textron Aviation EAA AirVenture, Booth #78.
Meanwhile, engineered to achieve cruise speeds of 285 knots and full-fuel payload of 1,100lbs, the Beechcraft Denali is designed to have a range of 1,600 nautical miles at high-speed cruise with one pilot and four passengers. It will be able to fly from Los Angeles to Chicago, New York to Miami or London to Athens.
The Catalyst engine – a more efficient, FADEC-equipped, 1,300 shaft horsepower (SHP)-rated turboprop engine – eases pilot workload with its single-lever power and propeller control. The Denali can also use Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
The airplane is equipped with McCauley’s new 105in diameter composite, five-blade, constant speed propeller, which is full feathering with reversible pitch and ice protection.
The cockpit features the Garmin G3000 intuitive avionics suite with high-resolution screens and touchscreen controllers. An integrated Garmin autothrottle interfaces with the Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) and Flight Management System (FMS) to provide easy speed control throughout all regimes of flight from take-off to touchdown.