Cessna 408 SkyCourier

Cessna SkyCourier is awarded certification for Combi operation

Conversion of the passenger variant to carry cargo simultaneously was approved by the FAA

The Cessna SkyCourier utility twin-engine turboprop has had the Combi option certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Textron Aviation announced.

With it, the passenger SkyCourier can be converted to carry cargo simultaneously, making the aircraft more versatile.

The FAA-approved configuration allows for the transport of nine passengers in addition to cargo. Textron did not reveal the load capacity, but it is estimated to be around 3,000 pounds.

Deliveries of the first SkyCourier with the Combi option are expected to begin at the end of the year.

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“This newly certified combi kit adds to the growing list of options for the versatile Cessna SkyCourier,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Global Sales and Flight Operations. “The Combi will allow operators to use the aircraft for an even broader range of missions globally and quickly change configurations to best serve their needs.”

Combi configuration (Textron Aviation)

The SkyCourier is a utility turboprop with features reminiscent of the successful Caravan such as high wings, hard landing gear and the ability to operate in various environments.

The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65SC turboprop engines with four-bladed McCauley Propeller C779 aluminum propellers. The SkyCourier features Garmin G1000 NXi avionics and can reach a cruising speed of over 200 ktas – a maximum range of 900 nautical miles.

The passenger version can carry 19 people while the cargo model can carry up to 6,000 pounds including three LD3 containers.

Despite the attractive package, the SkyCourier has so far only had 25 aircraft delivered, the vast majority of the cargo version for FedEx. In 2024, only one Cessna 408 would have been delivered, in March.

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