Textron Aviation released some fascinating insights to their Single Engine Turboprop Developments at EBACE 2016!
During press day at the 2016 EBACE convention in Geneva, Switzerland, Textron Aviation revealed program details of the development of its anticipated single-engine turboprop (SETP). The company also announced that letters of intent (LOI) for its new clean sheet design aircraft are being accepted.
With an expected maximum range of 1,600 nm, the SETP is being designed to obtain a maximum cruise speed of up to 285 kts, and a full fuel payload of 1,100 pounds. This places the aircraft in the middle of active competitors such as the Pilatus PC-12 NG (1,845 nm at 285 kts), Epic 1000 (1,650 at 285 kts), and Daher-Socata TBM 900/930 (1,730 nm at 252 kts). Carrying one pilot and four passengers, the SETP will be able to connect cities such as LA and Chicago, New York and Miami, London and Moscow or Geneva and Istanbul. Maximum passenger seating capacity runs up to eight people.
Using the Garmin’s G3000 avionics suite, the SETP’s flight deck will feature high-res multifunction displays, weather radar, advanced terrain awareness warning systems (TAWS) and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities to comply with a crucial aspect of NextGen ATC requirements.