March 29, 2011
Cessna revealed its latest piston single—the Corvalis TT x—March 29 at Sun ’n Fun in Lakeland, Fla. The TT x is an upgraded version of the Corvalis TT, and its central feature is Garmin’s newly-introduced G2000 in a package that Cessna is calling its Intrinzic Flight Deck.
The G2000, which has two 14.1-inch high definition flat-screen displays, comes with a center-console-mounted Garmin GTC 570 touchscreen controller, Garmin’s GFC 700 autopilot and flight control system, and electronic stability and protection (ESP) to guard against airspeed excursions and other loss-of-control situations. L-3 Communications’ Trilogy electronic standby instrument system is another element of the Intrinzic suite, which is standard in the TT x.
Garmin’s SafeTaxi and FliteChart electronic charts also will come standard, and Jeppesen’s ChartView electronic charts are available as an option.
Cessna President and CEO Jack Pelton said at a pre-Sun ’n Fun Cessna Sales Team Authorized Representative (CSTAR) convocation totaling some 300 dealers that orders have already been placed for an “encouraging” number of the new airplane. “The fastest fixed-gear piston single is even better,” he added. TT x production will begin at a serial number break in the soon-to-be transformed TT production line, and TTs will no longer be built.
Also new with the TT x are: Removable rear seats, leather seat coverings of the same kind used in Cessna’s Citations, new paint schemes, and a five-year warranty on the engine, avionics, and airframe. Previous warranty periods were one year for the Continental TSIO-550 engine, two years for the TT’s G1000 avionics, and one year for the TT airframe.
The TT x, which is priced at $733,950, retains the same 310-hp engine as the TT, and Cessna says the performance numbers are the same: A max cruise speed of 235 KTAS, a max range of 1,250 nm, and a ceiling of 25,000 feet.
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