Textron Aviation’s Beechcraft Denali single-engine turboprop continues to surpass significant milestones as it begins the certification flight test phase of the program following FAA Type Inspection Authorization achieved earlier this year. Each major development milestone has allowed the members of the flight test program a better understanding of the aircraft’s strength, capability and durability, and the clean-sheet aircraft recently completed the first on-aircraft certification ground and flight testing of the avionics systems.

The Beechcraft Denali is designed and will be manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company.

The fleet of three flight test aircraft has now completed nearly 2,000 flight test hours with more than 830 flights, and the program continues toward anticipated FAA certification expected in 2025.

“The Denali’s advanced avionics take full advantage of state-of-the-art technology to ease pilot workload,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Global Sales and Flight Operations. “Commencing certification flight testing on the aircraft marks a significant milestone for the program and we are excited to get this aircraft into the hands of our eager customers.”

The Denali cockpit features the Garmin G3000 intuitive avionics suite featuring high-resolution screens and touchscreen controllers. An integrated Garmin autothrottle is a standard feature, which interfaces with the Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) and Flight Management System (FMS) to provide easy speed control throughout all regimes of flight from takeoff to touchdown.

Other standard G3000 features include a 10-inch weather radar, Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS-B), and dual transponders with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities, which are compliant with the latest air traffic control requirements.

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