Textron Aviation has revealed further details of its highly anticipated single engine turboprop aircraft (SETP). The new turboprop that is under development has ambitious performance specification targets and promises to deliver a best in class passenger experience.
Textron Aviation also has also announced that it has now begun accepting letters of intent for the high performance, clean sheet SETP, which is slated to make its maiden flight in 2018. A cabin prototype is expected to be on display at this summer’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show.
The SETP is being designed to achieve a planned range of 1,600 nautical miles at high speed cruise with a single pilot and four passengers. This will afford it with the capability to fly from Los Angeles to Chicago, New York to Miami, London to Moscow or Geneva to Istanbul.
The aircraft will be able to cruise at speeds of up to 285 knots and have a full fuel payload of 1,100 pounds.
“Developed with the pilot and passenger at the forefront, we have designed this airplane to be the clear winner in this segment, from class-leading performance and ownership costs, to superior cabin comfort and versatility,” Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation.
Textron’s SETP which was announced at NBAA 2015, is expected to deliver outstanding performance and will feature GE’s new advanced turboprop engine.
The 1,240 shaft horse power (SHP)-rated turboprop engine is FADEC-equipped and will feature single-lever power and propeller control. In addition to its class-leading performance retention for an outstanding hot/high capability, the engine will have an initial 4,000 hour time between overhaul and offer.
It will have a new McCauley 105-inch diameter composite, 5-blade, constant speed propeller, which is full feathering with reversible pitch and ice protection.
The aircraft’s Garmin G3000 intuitive touchscreen avionics suite will power a state-of-the-art flight deck that will include high-resolution multifunction displays that will have split-screen capability. The SETP will feature a cockpit that has been specifically designed to reduce pilot workload.
The G3000 avionics suite planned for the SETP includes weather radar, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities.
This makes the aircraft future ready, as it will already meet a number of aspects related to the future Next Generation (NextGen) air traffic control requirements.
The SETP will have a flat floor cabin and a class-leading 53-inch wide aft cargo door. A digital pressurization system will maintain a 6,130 foot cabin altitude at a service ceiling of 31,000 feet. In the standard configuration the aircraft will be able to seat six passengers and a single pilot with an optional belted lavatory seat with pocket door enclosure located in the back of the cabin.
Large cabin windows, interior LED lighting, a forward refreshment cabinet and an in-flight accessible baggage compartment will be available within the pressurized cabin.