WICHITA, Kan., Dec 5, 2013 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, has received type certification of the all-composite TTx aircraft in Brazil from the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil. Deliveries of the world’s fastest certified single-engine fixed-gear aircraft to customers in Brazil commenced in November at Cessna’s facility in Independence, Kansas.
The TTx gained U.S. type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June this year, followed by strong deliveries both stateside and internationally. The high-performance aircraft is designed for advanced pilots, has a class-leading maximum cruise speed of 235 knots and is the first piston aircraft to be equipped with the all-glass, touch-screen Garmin G2000 IntrinzicTM Flight Deck.
Jodi Noah, Cessna senior vice president for Single Engine/Propeller Aircraft, said: “The TTx is a testament to the innovation and commitment of the Cessna team responsible for delivering this exceptional aircraft to the market. International deliveries have already begun, and with this type certification awarded, the TTx will continue to be the standout choice for advanced pilots who demand luxury, progressive technology and jet-like performance.”
Brian Steele, Cessna business leader for the TTx, said: “The TTx is the perfect aircraft for the Brazilian market, renowned for its appreciation of luxury high-performance products. We expect the TTx to be a natural fit.”
The TTx has an operating ceiling of 25,000 feet and an optional Flight into Known Icing (FIKI) system, enabling pilots to file flight plans allowing for varying weather conditions. The twin turbochared TSIO-550-C six-cylinder engine from Continental Motors provides 310 horsepower. The TTx has a range of 1,250 nautical miles, capable of nonstop flight on routes such as Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires and Miami-New York.
Cessna is the world’s leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered nearly 200,000 airplanes around the globe. This includes 6,500 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2012, Cessna delivered 571 aircraft, including 181 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $3.111 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at cessna.com.