Beechcraft Denali moves closer to first flight with successful ground engine runs

posted on 27th August 2021 by Eddie Saunders
Beechcraft Denali moves closer to first flight with successful ground engine runs

Textron Aviation today announced it successfully completed initial ground engine runs on the prototype Beechcraft Denali single-engine turboprop powered by GE Aviation’s new advanced Catalyst engine.

The ground engine runs, which took place at Textron Aviation’s west campus in Wichita, Kansas, verified the functionality of the fuel system and engine, as well as the interface with the avionics and electrical systems.

“These successful engine runs are a significant step toward the upcoming inaugural flight for the Beechcraft Denali, and they are a testament to the determination and collaboration from both the Textron Aviation and GE Aviation teams,” said Chris Hearne, senior vice president, Engineering.

“The Denali features a technologically advanced engine that burns less fuel.

“It has an intuitive avionics suite that eases pilot workload and boasts the most spacious cabin in its segment.

“We are excited to get this aircraft into the hands of our eager customers.” 

GE Aviation’s Catalyst engine has completed over 2,450 hours of testing and is prepping for a first flight on its Beechcraft King Air flying test bed.

The Catalyst engine is a more environmentally friendly engine that burns less fuel than older turboprop technologies.

The engine can also use sustainable aviation fuel, which results in lower emissions. The 1,300 shaft horsepower (SHP)-rated turboprop engine eases pilot workload with its single-lever power and propeller control.

The Full Authority Digital Engine Controlled (FADEC) engine provides trend monitoring, which allows for on-condition maintenance with no mid-life Hot Section Inspection required.