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McCauley propels Beechcraft Denali forward


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McCauley propels Beechcraft Denali forward, completes wind tunnel testing

Wichita, Kan. (Dec. 21, 2021) – McCauley Propeller Systems today announced it has completed wind tunnel testing for its new C1106 propeller for the Beechcraft Denali single-engine turboprop, which successfully accomplished its first flight last month. Results from the propeller’s comprehensive powered wind tunnel tests, which took place at RUAG’s facilities in Emmen, Switzerland, provide key information on performance and aerodynamic characteristics, as well as data for the development of future propellers and aircraft concepts.


McCauley Propeller Systems is a division of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.


Specially designed high-performance propeller

The clean-sheet design Denali is equipped with McCauley’s new 105-inch diameter, composite, 5-blade, constant speed propeller, which is full feathering with reversible pitch and
ice protection. 


“Denali’s first flight with our new C1106 propeller was an exciting landmark for the McCauley team,” said John Dandurand, vice president and general manager, McCauley Propeller Systems. “This new propeller will provide owners and operators a great flying experience, offering performance and ramp appeal, combined with the craftsmanship, repairability and durability our customers expect from McCauley.”

The completion of wind tunnel testing provides important experimental validation of the Denali propeller design. Full-scale and model-scale tests were conducted, providing back-to-back comparisons of operational and performance data.

“Through investments in the latest technologies and innovative engineering, we are developing and launching the next generation of McCauley propellers and aftermarket solutions,” said Dandurand.


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About McCauley Propeller Systems

McCauley is one of the world's largest full-line propeller manufacturers, with more than 500 models available.
With more than 80 years of design and manufacturing experience, McCauley continues to be a pioneer in the general aviation industry, special missions, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and emerging electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) markets. Historically, our propellers are FAA certified as original equipment for aircraft built by Textron Aviation, British Aerospace, Fairchild, Grumman, Jetstream, Piper, Stoddard Hamilton and many others.
Our product lines have always served a wide range of markets: commercial, military, agricultural and commuter airlines, as well as personal and business aviation. McCauley propellers are in the field on more than 350,000 aircraft around the world – a testimony to our continuing commitment to excellence. For more information, visit


About Textron Aviation
We inspire the journey of flight. For more than 90 years, Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has empowered our collective talent across the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands to design and deliver the best aviation experience for our customers. With a range that includes everything from business jets, turboprops, and high-performance pistons, to special mission, military trainer and defense products, Textron Aviation has the most versatile and comprehensive aviation product portfolio in the world and a workforce that has produced more than half of all general aviation aircraft worldwide. Customers in more than 170 countries rely on our legendary performance, reliability and versatility, along with our trusted global customer service network, for affordable and flexible flight.

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About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit:


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