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Cessna Renames Newly Announced Turbo Skylane the JT-A


230-hp Safran-made SMA compression ignition (diesel) engine
Cessna announced a change to its Turbo Skylane powered by the 230-hp Safran-made SMA compression ignition (diesel) engine.

August 15, 2012 - The new aircraft Cessna announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 as the 182 Turbo Skylane NXT has been renamed the Turbo Skylane JT-A, the company announced this week. Citing customer feedback at Oshkosh, Cessna said the JT-A moniker "better captures and reflects the innovative features of the new plane than the NXT designation."

Cessna also noted that shortly after announcing the new aircraft version on AirVenture opening day it became aware of a previous use of the NXT name in the aviation industry - Reno racing legend Jon Sharp's record-breaking Nemesis NXT. The name change was made out of respect for the trademark rights of others and a desire to obtain registered trademark status on JT-A, the company stated.

The JT-A is powered by the 230-hp Safran-made SR305-230 compression ignition (diesel) engine - which Cessna claims will improve Turbo Skylane fuel consumption by an estimated 30-40 percent over the avgas-burning version. The JT-A also opens operations to parts of the world where avgas is extremely expensive or only Jet-A is available.

The JT-A has a maximum cruise speed of 155 knots, and its fuel technology eliminates concerns about carbon monoxide and lead emissions. Pilots will also no longer need to manage fuel mixtures, the propeller, or the turbocharger waste gate.

The Turbo Skylane JT-A will replace the current avgas-fueled Turbo 182, and deliveries are expected in the first quarter of 2013. Learn more at the Cessna website.


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