Cessna unveils Turbo Skyhawk JT-A at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH — Cessna confirmed on opening day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh its launch of the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A, which joins the Turbo Skylane JT-A as the latest diesel powered platform in the company’s single-engine product line up. The company is displaying the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A this week at AirVenture.

“We’ve been working for a few years now to find new, reliable alternate fuel solutions for the Cessna Skyhawk to meet changing environmental regulations, particularly in Europe, as well as the limited global supply of currently used 100 low-lead gasoline, and technology has led us to the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A,” said Joe Hepburn, senior vice president, Piston Aircraft. “The recent advances and growing maturity in diesel engine technology in the aviation market now give us the means to satisfy a growing demand around the world.”

Turbo Skyhawk

Turbo Skyhawk

The Skyhawk JT-A is fitted with a Continental CD-155 diesel engine and is expected to offer a number of benefits in addition to operating with more widely available Jet-A fuel, company officials said. Maximum range is 1,012 nm, a 58% increase over the standard Skyhawk, and maximum speed is increased to 131 knots while fuel burn is expected to see a 25% reduction, according to company officials.

Textron Aviation plans to offer the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A as a factory option beginning in 2015. The CD-155 is already certified by EASA for retrofit to newer Skyhawks under a supplemental type certificate.

The push to find alternate fuel solutions for the general aviation market stems from a dwindling supply – and resulting higher prices – of leaded aviation fuel in some areas of the world, as well as emerging regulations on leaded fuel and associated aircraft engine emissions, Cessna officials explained.

Like the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A, the Turbo Skylane JT-A features the Garmin G1000 avionics suite but offers greater speed and useful load. FAA certification of the diesel-powered Turbo Skylane JT-A using the Safran-made SMA SR305-230-1 engine is expected soon, Cessna officials reported. Up to six Turbo Skylane JT-A marketing demonstrators will soon be stationed around the world and deliveries of the first production models are ready to begin upon certification.

Turbo Skylane

Turbo Skylane

The Turbo Skylane JT-A has a seating capacity for four and an estimated range at max cruise speed of 1,025 nautical miles. The certified ceiling will be 20,000 feet. The Garmin G1000 avionics suite is pilot-friendly and highly-functional, bringing great levels of situational awareness to the cockpit. The engine diagnostics are shown on the primary and multi-function flight displays. Fuel capacity is 85 useful gallons, with an estimated useful load of 1,000 pounds.


  1. Chris H says

    The ES is standard on the JTA 182. Not sure where you say TBR is 1200 hours; they are stating 2400 TBO currently, which they say is probably closer to 3000 hours.

    • Cliff T says

      My apologies to Cessna, the GTX33ES is fitted as standard. One has to dig down into the detailed specs as that is the place where it is stated.

  2. Cliff T says

    I hope that these new Cessnas include the GTX33ES transponder as part of the G1000 installation. This is so they meet the looming 2020 ADS-B out deadline. It would be almost criminal for Cessna to ship an expensive new plane which required the owner to cough up more money to meet the new standard.

    • Nick J says

      ADS-B is the least of their worries with a 1200 hour TBR, that is engine replacement. $10K for ADS-B compliance is a mere pittance compared to the cost or replacing the engine at 1200 hours.

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