Skip to comments.Cessna unveils SkyCatcher details
Posted on 07/23/2007 2:07:32 PM PDT by Domandred
The Model 162 SkyCatcher will be Cessna Aircraft Co.'s entry in the Light Sport Aircraft category.
Cessna made the announcement and rolled out a full-scale mockup Sunday during the opening day of the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual convention in Oshkosh, Wis.
The two-seat airplane has an initial price of $109,500 for the first 1,000 airplanes ordered, then the price will be $111,500.
Keeping the airplane in the $100,000 range was one of the goals set by Jack Pelton, Cessna chairman, president and CEO, during the program's development. Cessna announced its LSA program during the 2006 EAA convention and has been soliciting customer opinions before making the decision to proceed with production.
The airplane will cruise at 118 knots (136 miles per hour) with a maximum range of 470 nautical miles. The SkyCatcher has a maximum gross weight of 1,320 pounds and carries 24 gallons of fuel.
Cessna plans to build 700 airplanes a year once the assembly line reaches full production by 2011. Company officials hope the new airplane will be attractive to flight training schools as well as light sport aircraft enthusiasts.
The airplane will be certified under American Society for Testing and Materials regulations rather than the Federal Aviation Administration, although Cessna plans to conduct many of the tests required for FAA certification.
The company plans to certify the SkyCatcher in the first half of 2008 with first customer delivery scheduled in 2009.
Cessna is at the top of the Wichita Business Journal's 2007 list of the area's largest employers.
Sorry big pics
Sweet!.......my fav colors too!.....
bugsmasher, flycatcher, skycatcher. what’s the difference?
Is it really big enough??
111k seems unbelievable . for a new plane that is awesome
In 1981 I bought a “new” (it had 300 hours on it) 1980 Cessna Turbo Centurian T210 for $108,000.
It had six seats and would cruise over 180 Knots. It had a range of 750 Nautical miles.
My how times have changed.
Does that help clear up the confusion? :-)
—how will they make it lawyer-proof?—
Not much for 100K. Except for the electronic instrumentation it looks like it could have been designed in the 1940s. All metal, strut wings, carbureted engine, fixed spring gear, almost vertical windscreen...these guys need to get to Oshkosh more often.
Who’s the Photoshop whiz?
Put the blue screen fatal error on those two displays and a snow-capped mountain in the foreground, please.
BTW..Totally off topic, but seeing your screen name, have your seen "Mad Men"
It seems rather underwhelming.
By now it should be something a little more substantive looking. It just seems like a cleaned up version of the old piper cub.
Not exactly a babe magnet.
That, and animate it so the “1200” flashes!
Cessna's already under pressure from Honda in the very light jet segment.
Yikes. It does look better too.
What is cessna thinking?
Looks like the old Aerobat.
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