Beechcraft Denali


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Role Turboprop aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Textron Aviation
First flight November 23, 2021[1]
Status Under development

The Beechcraft Denali,[2] previously known as the Cessna Denali and Textron "Single Engine Turboprop" (SETP), is an American single engine turboprop aircraft under development by Textron Aviation. Announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, the aircraft is a completely new design, not derived from any existing aircraft.[3] It should compete with the Pilatus PC-12 and Daher-Socata TBM, as well as other new projects such as the One Aviation Kestrel K-350 and the CAIGA Primus 150.[4]


In November 2015, GE Aviation announced its General Electric Advanced Turboprop (ATP) (now General Electric Catalyst) had been selected to power the aircraft.[5] On 23 May 2016 Textron announced the SETP performance and cabin details.[6] At the 2016 AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the project was named Cessna Denali.[7] In May 2017, after testing with a fuel system ground testing rig and the propeller, Textron announced it had started building static and fatigue test articles, including the aft cargo door. Flight testing was to begin in the third quarter of 2018, followed by certification in 2019.[8][9]

In February 2018, assembly of the first prototype was underway in Wichita, for a first flight scheduled to occur before the end of the year.[10] By then, its unit cost was $4.8 million and service entry was scheduled for 2020.[10] In May 2018 ground tests continued and all major components were being fabricated, including the nose, fuselage, wings and the tail cone.[11] Three flying prototypes were being completed for an intended first flight scheduled for early 2019.[12][13]

By October 2018, the first prototypes fuselages and flight controls were nearly complete, and wings were starting to be constructed, towards a 2020 certification.[14] By October 2019, the first flight was pushed back by GE Catalyst testing delays, with Textron expecting its first turboprop in 2020.[15]

By July 2021, the turboprop engine was to have its maiden flight in a King Air 350 testbed aircraft in the coming months, for engine certification by end-2022.[16] A Catalyst engine was installed on a Denali airframe to make its first flight before year-end and to achieve aircraft certification in 2023.[16]

On November 23, 2021, the Denali made its first flight from Textron Aviation's facilities in Wichita, Kansas.[1] The 2-hour and 50-minute flight reached 180 kn (330 km/h) and an altitude of 15,600 feet.[17] The certification program will use two additional flight prototypes and three ground test airframes.[18]


Cabin altitude at 31,000 ft (9,400 m) should be 6,130 ft (1,870 m).[6] Its cabin is 58×63 in (147×160 cm) tall and wide with a flat floor, 3 inches (7.6 cm) wider than its closest competitor; the 59×53 in (150×135 cm) tall by wide cargo door is larger than the PC-12's 53×52 in (135×132 cm) door.[19]

Metal bonding makes the wings more resistant to fuel leaks and automatic drilling saves some labor.[14] The cabin is precisely mated to other structures thanks to routing and pin-locating tools.[14] To lower the number of holes and fasteners needed, large parts like the wing spar and main doors are monolithically machined from a single aluminum billet, or chemically milled like the titanium firewall.[14]


Data from Textron[20]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1-2
  • Capacity: 7-9 passengers/1,100 lb (500 kg) full fuel payload
  • Length: 48 ft 9 in (14.86 m)
  • Wingspan: 54 ft 3 in (16.54 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 2 in (4.62 m)
  • Cabin Height : 58 in (150 cm)
  • Cabin Width : 63 in (160 cm)
  • Cabin Length : 16 ft 9 in (5.11 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × General Electric Catalyst turboprop, 1,300 hp (970 kW)
  • Propellers: 5-bladed McCauley, 8 ft 9 in (2.67 m) diameter composite, fully feathering and reversible


  • Cruise speed: 328 mph (528 km/h, 285 kn) maximum
  • Range: 1,800 mi (3,000 km, 1,600 nmi) 1 pilot, 4 passengers, high speed cruise
  • Service ceiling: 31,000 ft (9,400 m)
  • Takeoff Distance : 2,950 ft (900 m)


See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era


  1. ^ a b Wolfsteller, Pilar (November 23, 2021). "Textron's Denali makes its first flight". Flightglobal.
  2. ^ Perry, Dominic (July 21, 2021). "Denali closes on first flight as turboprop joins Beechcraft family". FilghtGlobal. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  3. ^ Molly McMillin (July 21, 2015). "Textron Aviation Moves Forward With Single-Engine Turboprop". The Weekly of Business Aviation. Aviation Week.
  4. ^ Stephen Trimble (August 4, 2015). "Textron targets single-engine turboprop market". Flightglobal.
  5. ^ Alwyn Scott (November 16, 2015). Phil Berlowitz (ed.). "GE, Textron team up to make new turboprop engine, aircraft". Business News. Reuters.
  6. ^ a b "Textron Aviation reveals superior SETP performance and cabin details" (Press release). Textron Aviation. May 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Textron Aviation debuts Cessna Denali single engine turboprop at Oshkosh" (Press release). Textron Aviation. July 25, 2016.
  8. ^ Chad Trautvetter (May 20, 2017). "Textron Starts Fabricating Cessna Denali Test Articles". AINonline.
  9. ^ "Cessna Denali poised to redefine segment as first test articles come to life" (Press release). Textron Aviation. May 18, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Kate Sarsfield (February 27, 2018). "Textron Aviation closes in on Citation Longitude certification". Flightglobal.
  11. ^ Stephen Trimble (May 28, 2018). "Denali prototypes coming together in Wichita". Flightglobal.
  12. ^ "Textron Aviation's Cessna Denali enters new phase of development; company builds first flight test articles" (Press release). Textron Aviation. May 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Ian Sheppard (May 27, 2018). "Cessna Completes First Denali Flight-test Articles". AINonline.
  14. ^ a b c d Matt Thurber (October 11, 2018). "Textron Aviation Optimistic for Future". AIN online.
  15. ^ Jon Hemmerdinger (October 22, 2019). "Textron delays Denali's first flight due to ongoing Catalyst engine testing". Flightglobal.
  16. ^ a b Jon Hemmerdinger (July 30, 2021). "GE Aviation 'buttoning up' Catalyst flight approvals, eyes applications besides Beechcraft's Denali". FlightGlobal.
  17. ^ Phelps, Mark (November 23, 2021). "Textron Flies Its Beechcraft Denali T-prop Single For The First Time". AVweb. Archived from the original on November 23, 2021.
  18. ^ "Beechcraft Denali enters flight test phase with landmark first flight" (Press release). Textron Aviation. November 23, 2021.
  19. ^ Matt Thurber (May 24, 2016). "Textron Aviation Firms Up Plans for New Single-engine Turboprop". AINonline.
  20. ^ "Beechcraft Denali". Textron Aviation. 2021.

External links

  • Official website