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Beechcraft Denali Coming Along Nicely

More than 2,000 Hours Logged with Prototype, GE Catalyst Engine

The Beechcraft Denali continues moving forward towards certification, having received its FAA Type Inspection Authorization early this year.

Textron advertised that their single-engine turboprop competitor has logged more than 2,000 flight test hours across 830+ flights, on track for completion in 2025. Once out, the Denali could prove a strong competitor for the current king of the single-engine turboprop crop, the TBM 960. The combination of slick avionics, strong automation, easy hand flying, and capacious interior make for a great do-all aircraft recipe. Beechcraft's will offer buyers something the rest of the field lacks: the brand-new GE Aerospace Catalyst engine, a newfangled turboprop that sits outside the paradigm of Pratt & Whitney's PT6 series.

The Catalyst will grant the Beechcraft Denali about 1,300 shaft horsepower, granted with single-lever power and prop control. When paired with a 5-blade 105-inch McCauley prop, the Catalyst will give Denali operators a 285-knot top speed and 1,100-lb full-fuel payload. That should be enough for an LA to Chicago or NYC to Miami flight with a family of four. Defueling a bit can allow up to 11 occupants in a Denali, if configured with a 9-passenger commuter interior. Most of the time, the average Denali will sport the 6-seat "executive" interior, offering more personal space and luxury throughout the flight.



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