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Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A Receives FAA and EASA Certifications

Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A flying

The Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A offers improved takeoff performance, particularly in high and hot conditions.

Textron Aviation has received certification from both the FAA and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) for their Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A. The JT-A, which comes equipped with next-generation Garmin G1000 NXi avionics and a Continental CD-155 engine, has exceeded Textron Aviation’s initial performance targets. This includes a range of 963 nautical miles (an increase of 78 nm compared to the original estimates), an improved takeoff distance of 1,320 feet, and a max climb rate of 767 feet per minute.

According to company officials, the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A is a “factory option that includes an integrated powerplant, propeller and cockpit upgrade package that boosts the standard Skyhawk’s performance.” Doug May, Textron Aviation’s Vice President of Piston Aircraft noted that the Skyhawk platform represents the most successful single-engine aircraft of all time and that the company is excited to “further enhance its capabilities with Jet-A powerplant technology. The Turbo Skyhawk JT-A allows operators to meet changing environmental regulations around the world, providing solutions to increase the global reach of this already proven platform.” To date, the company says that more than 44,000 Skyhawks have been put into service.

The JT-A’s 155 hp Continental engine features direct fuel injection, a dual channel FADEC driven by a single power lever, and burns Jet-A fuel. In addition to the increased range (a 50% bump over the standard Skyhawk’s range), the JT-A also features a max cruise speed of 134 knots.

Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A Specs1


Length 27 ft 2 in (8.28 m)
Height 8 ft 11 in (2.72 m)
Wingspan 36 ft 1 in (11.00 m)
Wing Area 174 sq ft (16.17 sq m)

Cabin Interior

Height 48 in (1.22 m)
Width 40 in (1.00 m)
Length 11 ft 10 in (3.61 m)
Maximum Occupants 4

Baggage Capacity

Weight 120 lb (54.4 kg)
Volume 30 cu ft (0.85 cu m)


Maximum Ramp Weight 2,552 lb (1,158 kg)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 2,550 lb (1,157 kg)
Maximum Landing Weight 2,550 lb (1,157 kg)
Usable Fuel Weight 299 lb (136 kg)
Usable Fuel Volume 45 gal (169 l)
Basic Empty Weight 1,750 lb (794 kg)
Useful Load 802 lb (364 kg)
Maximum Payload 800 lb (363 kg)
Full Fuel Payload 503 lb (228 kg)


Maximum Cruise Speed 134 ktas (248 km/h)
Maximum Range 885 nm (1,639 km)
Takeoff Distance 1,615 ft (492 m)
Ground Roll 944 ft (288 m)
Landing Distance 1,335 ft (407 m)
Ground Roll 575 ft (175 m)
Service Ceiling N/A
Maximum Climb Rate 712 fpm (217 mpm)
Maximum Limit Speed 163 kias (302 km/h)
Stall Speed 48 kcas (89 km/h)


Manufacturer Continental
Model CD-155
Power Output 155 hp (155 hp)
Propeller Manufacturer MT Propeller
Description 3 blade composite

Featured Image: Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A courtesy of Textron Aviation

1 – Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A Specs, Cessna, Retrieved 6-15-17

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Anders Clark
Anders Clark was introduced to aviation a few short years ago, and has developed an interest in aviation history and what the future of aviation will bring. A writer and editor, Anders enjoys researching and sharing the stories of aviation.