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Cessna 408 Skycourier (Fixed)

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After several irregularities were detected in the previous post, I decided to publish this version with several improvements from the previous Cessna Skycourier.

Improvements:

1: Improvements to the front landing gear, consumption (-1) part.

2: Strobe, Navigation and Landing lights were fixed

3: Fixed anomaly in the wings and anti-icing systems on the wings

4: Cab window lighting has been updated


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About the Aircraft: by Wikipedia

The Cessna 408 SkyCourier is an American utility aircraft designed and built by the Cessna division of Textron Aviation. It was launched on November 28, 2017, with an order for 50 from FedEx Express, with the aircraft designed for the needs of its FedEx Feeder service. It made its first flight on May 17, 2020, and was type certified on March 11, 2022. FedEx took delivery of the first production model on May 9, 2022.

The SkyCourier is a twin-turboprop, high-wing aircraft, available with a 19-passenger accommodation, or in a cargo variant sized for three LD3 sized unit load devices. The non-pressurized design is built from aluminum and is equipped with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engines and fixed landing gear. The 19,000-pound (8,600 kg) MTOW airplane can cruise up to 210 knots (390 km/h; 240 mph), with a range of 386 nautical miles (715 km; 444 mi) with 19 passengers.

The Model 408 was launched on November 28, 2017, by Textron Aviation, with an introduction planned for 2020, as a FAR Part 23 type certified design. Like the earlier Cessna 208 Caravan, the 408's design was developed with FedEx Express to match the needs of FedEx Feeder service. FedEx Express will be the launch customer, with an order of "50 cargo aircraft and options for 50 more". Its unit cost then was $5.5 million.

Initial wind tunnel tests were completed in March 2018. The first flight was originally planned for 2019 and first deliveries anticipated in 2020. FedEx initially planned to take monthly deliveries over four years starting in 2020, and a similar pace for a second batch, if it agrees to that option. A full-scale mockup of the 19-passenger cabin was displayed at the October 2018 National Business Aviation Association convention. The mating of the wing and fuselage of the first aircraft was completed in December 2019.

By March 2020, initial ground testing was completed, checking the fuel system, engines, avionics interfaces and electrical systems. The first flight was completed on May 17, 2020, operating from Beech Factory Airport for a 2-hour and 15-minute flight. The prototype aircraft, along with five additional flight and ground test articles, will be used for testing leading to certification. The second prototype first flew in August 2020. It is the first production-conforming aircraft and will be used for testing the engines, propellers, environmental controls and the avionics. A third test aircraft first flew in September 2020.

In April 2021, the company anticipated that certification would be completed by year's end and initial deliveries would occur in spring/summer 2022. The SkyCourier made its first public appearance at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh in 2021.

By early 2022, the three test aircraft had accumulated over 2,100 flight hours as the first production aircraft for FedEx was rolled out on February 3, 2022. Cessna was aiming for certification in the first half of the year before first delivery later in 2022. Federal Aviation Administration type certification was granted on March 11, 2022, after 2,100 hours of flight tests. Certification by the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil was granted on August 8, 2023.

The first production aircraft was delivered to FedEx Express in May 2022.

In February 2023, a gravel runway operations kit was approved for the aircraft. In 2023, its equipped price was $7.195M for the freighter and $7.745M for the passenger version.

The first 19-seat passenger variant was delivered in April 2023 for use by Western Aircraft, Inc. doing business in Hawaii as Lana’i Air.


Actual Sample:

Image Credit: Planespotters.net

This aircraft follows all the basic AI requirements. It is specially designed for Artificial Intelligence [AI] to simulate air traffic, it is able to land and take off with extreme precision at the main airports in the game, it is also a playable aircraft, you can enjoy air collisions, target shooting or just enjoy of a more realistic air traffic.

How to make it operational:

Step 1: Download and save this aircraft to your collection

Step 2: Activate in-game AI air traffic in sandbox mode and wait patiently on the ground until the aircraft is spawned

If the aircraft is not spawning, remove decorative details such as lights, letters and numbers on the fuselage, then repeat the process again until the aircraft is spawned in your skies.


Controls: Standard

Thank you for your attention, Good flight!

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • Predecessor Cessna 408 Skycourier
  • Successors 2 airplane(s) +14 bonus
  • Created On Android
  • Wingspan 92.1ft (28.1m)
  • Length 72.6ft (22.1m)
  • Height 27.3ft (8.3m)
  • Empty Weight 12,751lbs (5,784kg)
  • Loaded Weight 21,089lbs (9,566kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.094
  • Wing Loading 22.0lbs/ft2 (107.7kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 956.5ft2 (88.9m2)
  • Drag Points 5550

Parts

  • Number of Parts 88
  • Control Surfaces 7
  • Performance Cost 458