Denali Tests New GE Catalyst Powerplant, The First Clean-Sheet Turboprop in 50 Years The Beechcraft Denali took flight today, marking its first test with the new GE Catalyst turbine engine. The milestone is a major step for the all new, all original design. With a single turboprop, spacious pressurized cabin, economic fuel burn, and advanced avionics, Textron hopes to dominate the market when released. If development proceeds without issue, Beechcraft hopes to see certification sometime in 2023. The Denali was flown by senior test pilot Peter Gracey and chief test pilot Dustin Smisor on a mid morning jaunt from the company’s west campus at Eisenhower International Airport in Wichita, Kansas.
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