The Cessna 400 aircraft was introduced to the general aviation market in 2004. Production started from that year and continues to the present year, with the average cost of a new aircraft starting from US$620,000. This model represents the future of Cessna single engine aircraft, because it boasts higher performance standards than previous models and provides the advantage of having much lower operating costs than the competitors. It was initially sold as the Cessna 400, but through a marketing drive was given the name Cessna Corvalis TT.
The name Corvalis TT was derived from one obvious and one not so obvious source. TT stands for twin turbocharged, which is the type of aircraft that the Cessna 400 actually is. The name Corvalis was derived from a town in Oregon called Corvallis, which is just west of Bend, Oregon where the first Cessna 400 was built. Needless to say, this particular aircraft carries very sentimental meaning to the Cessna Aircraft Company.
The Cessna 400 is the fastest fixed gear single engine piston aircraft available on the market today. It is built with a twin turbocharged Continental engine that pushes a powerful 310 hp. With such a single-engine aircraft in production, one can only imagine where Cessna is going in terms of new aircraft models in the future. This fixed gear airplane is built from strictly composite materials, including E-glass and carbon fiber. Of course, this makes the plane pretty light for its class. It was originally derived from the design of a Columbia 400, which was manufactured by Columbia Aircraft Company. That company was since purchased by Cessna Aircraft Company, hence the name changing from Columbia 400 to Cessna 400.
The maximum speed of the Cessna 400 is 235 knots, which incidentally is also the cruising speed. This aircraft is capable of reaching a service ceiling of 25,000 feet. In terms of dimensions, the Cessna 400 is 25'2" long and 9 feet high. Although, it packs more power than the Cessna 310, it is a little bit smaller in terms of size dimensions. When empty, this model is roughly 2500 pounds in weight. The maximum takeoff weight is 3600 pounds. The rate of climb is 1500 feet per minute, which is a very impressive rate for single-engine aircraft. Of course, this can be credited to the type of engine in the 310 and the power that it pushes.
When one thinks of the future of Cessna and the company's ability to produce aircraft even more impressive and with higher standard performance than the predecessors, one thinks of the Cessna 400 and where it has taken the name of Cessna thus far. This three passenger beauty is only the start of a marvelous future for Cessna Aircraft Company as they continue to revolutionize the face of general aviation. Aircraft enthusiasts can expect to see this model around for years to come with several variants made as impressive modifications are implemented.