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The Cessna Denali

Denali Cockpit
Denali Galley
Denali Lav
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Announced at EAA AirVenture in 2015, the Cessna Denali is the newest entry into the already popular single engine turboprop segment. The Denali is set to start flight testing this year, with the first customer deliveries of this new high-performance single engine, advanced technology turboprop aircraft slated for 2020.

Cessna has adapted new technology not only in the development and production of the aircraft, but in the aircraft itself. Starting at the very front of the aircraft, Cessna has chosen the GE Catalyst power plant, an advanced turboprop engine featuring 1,240 shp and a 4,000 hour TBO, driving a McCauley-Blackmac carbon composite five blade prop. All of this propels the Denali at a speed of up to 285 knots, with a range of 1,600nm with 4 passengers and a single pilot. Helping reduce the single pilot workload is an advanced single lever control which controls the propeller pitch, speed, and throttle. The full authority digital engine control (FADEC) could be considered a digital co-pilot, as it helps to reducing pilot workload and increase safety. Rounding out the cockpit technology and enhancing single pilot operations is the Garmin G3000 featuring three 14-inch touch screen displays with synthetic vision technology and enhanced digital weather radar.

In the 16’9” long and 6,130-foot cabin altitude of the pressurized Denali cabin, passengers will find a spacious and versatile flat-floor cabin. Multiple interior options are available ranging from an executive configuration with forward galley and aft lav to a high-density interior with seating for up to 11. The aft lavatory features a solid door and offers several versatile options depending on the operator’s mission needs. These include a removable belted lav to allow for increased cargo capacity when needed, to a permanent externally-serviced lav. As with other competitors in its class the Denali offers a large forward air stair entry, and a large  4’3” x 4’2” rear cargo door nearly the same size as that of the Pilatus PC-12.

In order for the Denali to meet the demands required of a versatile multi-mission aircraft, Cessna incorporated a trailing link landing gear and larger tires. This provides the Denali with the versatility to operate off of and into both improved and unimproved airports around the world, with an acquisition cost of just under $5 million, it is sure to be a contender with similar aircraft in its class.

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Cessna Denali compared to Pilatus PC-12
Cessna Denali Pilatus PC-12
NBAA 4 Pax IFR Range (full fuel) 1,600 nm 1,608 nm
Max Cruise Speed (ktas) 285 285
Long Range Cruise (ktas) TBD 225
Max Payload (lbs) 1,100 2,257
Takeoff Distance (SL, ISA, MTOW)) 2,900 2,600
Service Ceiling (ft) 31,000 30,000
Powerplant GE Catalyst PT6A-67P
Thrust per engine (shp) 1,240 1,200
Inspection (TBO) 4,000 3,500
Avionics Garmin G3000 Honeywell APEX
Est. Cost Per Hour TBD $726
Passengers + Crew 7+1 7+1
Pressurized Cabin Yes Yes
Cabin Length 16 ft 9 in 16 ft 11 in
Cabin Width 5 ft 3 in 5 ft
Cabin Height 4 ft 10 in 4 ft 10 in
Aircraft Length 48 ft 9 in 47 ft 3 in
Wingspan 54 ft 3 in 53 ft 4 in
Production Years 2020 1994-Present

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Cessna Denali

Cessna Denali

The Cessna Denali is a single engine turboprop currently in development with deliveries scheduled for late 2019 to early 2020. The Denali will be powered by the GE Catalyst turboprop power plant generating 1,240 shp, allowing the aircraft to carry up to 4 people with full fuel an estimated range of 1,600 nm and a max cruise speed of 285 kts. The Denali like others in it class, will offer a rear cargo door, and removable seats so that owners can easily change the aircraft mission from cargo to passengers, or a mix of both as needed. The Denali will also feature optional forward galley and removable aft lav. The Denali’s landing gear is rugged and designed for short off field operations. In the cockpit the single pilot Denali will feature the advance Garmin G3000 avionics.

(Details are preliminary and will be updated as the aircraft development/certification process continues) 



Cessna Denali – Specifications

NBAA 4 Pax IFR Range (full fuel) 1,600 nm
Max Cruise Speed (ktas) 285
Long Range Cruise (ktas) TBD
Max Payload (lbs) 1,100
Takeoff Distance (SL, ISA, MTOW) 2,900
Service Ceiling (ft) 31,000
Powerplant GE Catalyst
Thrust per engine (shp) 1,240
Inspection (TBO) 4,000
Avionics Garmin G3000
Est. Cost Per Hour TBD
Passengers + Crew 7+1
Pressurized Cabin Yes

Cessna Denali – Dimensions

Cessna Denali Cross Section

Cabin Length 16 ft 9 in
Cabin Width 5 ft 3 in
Cabin Height 4 ft 10 in
Aircraft Length 48 ft 9 in
Wingspan 54 ft 3 in

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