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.
Small airplanes are to doctors as tornados are to trailer parks./snic
only in tv teasers and that looks childish , crass ,
and a venue to stage a sex in the city in suits to me.
True..that’s the state of TV today. I watched the first show..and it’s a well done flashback to the 50’s..kind of an R rated “Man in the Grey Flannel Suit”
cigarettes and open handed grab ass
more like Nip/Tuck
That I never saw...”Rescue Me” is more my style on FX
Which would you rather have bought in 1983 - this:
Yeah, that's the same situation today - same old stuff tarted up, or something totally new.
I am a pilot who lives on a private airpark about 30 miles south of Piper aircraft in Vero Beach Florida.
& years ago I asked someone who works there why a piper J 3 cub costs 138,000 dollars as it hasn’t changed on bit in 50 years. Still thirty years ago you could get one for about 20,000 dollars.
He said they still could produce one for about 30 or 35 thousand dollars but had to charge 138,000 dollars.
The difference going directly into a slush fund to pay off future lawsuits and lawyers.
Folks would crash and die and their spouses would sue Piper instead of say the mechanic that screwed up. Or maybe even the Pilot.
Piper doesn’t produce J-3 s any more just much more expensive craft.
A jury would award stupid amounts for a guy earning 30,00 a year to his family.
I’m all in on J A G.I love all the characters and the constant dig to Clinton
It’s really cute!! Look at that nifty modern instrument panel. Where’d all the instruments go? Gone with room left for cup holders! Students don’t even have to sit with a wrinkled chart on their lap any more?
By the way, there isn't enough money on earth that would entice me to live in that humid dump of a state of yours---http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1869454/posts
Was that with or without their converted V8? :-).....
The biggest engine the X11 variant of the Citation ever had was a 2.8L V6 (not related to the V8). And it was a FWD lead sled that tended to spin out of control when braking hard.
Not the Citation, I mean the Toyota aircraft, yes they were working on a converted Lexus V8 for Aircraft use.
It might get you a ride in one.......
I'm confident that Cessnas' entry will go a long way in legitimizing the LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) movement and raise the bar in terms of quality.
The 'bird' looks pretty substantial compared to some of the other fabric-covered 'kites' LSA's I've seen first hand. I'd trust it.
Though $100K, its' not out of line with the rest of todays possessions (just got my house appraised - $550K!!) and is NEW!
Could be a far more econimical "$100 Hamburger" flight, and, if an IFR-version is offered, a less expensive proficiency platform.
I'll wrangle a hop with the local Cessna dealer when it arrives...
They originally were going to fly it with the converted V8, but Toyota killed off the “Aero Lexus” project. The TA-1 flies with a Lycoming engine, IIRC.
Which is going to keep it out of range for the average buyer ... but still plenty of 150/152’s around ....
Hey...easy on the tube and fabric "Kites":)
I'm building a tube and fabric "kite" that'll sport an 0-540 and pack 1200-1300lbs of usefull load while without leaving utility catogory ...and still smoke everything this side of a -206. Steel is good.
But you are right about legitimizing LSA, and if they stay at 111K for another 5 years they'll start to become a descent value.
Might be worth a lease back to an FBO if the tax writeoffs still work.
how will they make it lawyer-proof?
Why do you think a $30,000 airplane sells for over $100,000?
I used to think that Chevy naming a car after a traffic ticket (Citation) was the stupidest thing until I realized they for years lost out to Ford in the Central American Markets with their NOVA (literally named “NO GO!”) to the Ford Falcon..
The 1980+ Chevy Citation was a first effort at modern fwd ,, it was terrible ,, the interior was typical GM ,, bad plastics held together with superglue ,, the steering rack was located improperly (later corrected) and caused unintentional lane changes when the engine cradle shifted under torque load.. The 2.8 was weak weak weak ...
The Cavalier was worlds better (and that’s not saying much).
Thanks for ping. I want one!
Thanks for ping. I want one!
I have lived around the country and in Asia.
My likes are flying, scuba diving and offshore and inshore fishing.
I also ride a Harley Davidson.
Can’t do that any other place.
In Calif. it is too expensive. I live in the country but close enough that i can go to town.
Hot and Humid? Yeah but not like Atlanta or many places in the south.
And not a blowtorch like the south west.
Folks aren’t as nice as in the midwest but about as crappy as in the north east.
I forgot about the brakes ,,, the problem was common on most FWD’s ,, the rears did so little work that it was hard to get the balance right,, especially as the fronts would change grip as they warmed up and the rears never warmed...
Hey...easy on the tube and fabric "Kites":)
Yeah, ya' got me. A 540-powered anything isn't a 'kite'!
Think my bias stems from a trip up in a friends' Rotax- powered Kitfox. The foothill turbulence bounced us all over the place! Quite a ride.
We also have quite a few ultra-lite flyers up here. Even one gent with a powered parachute.
I live in PSL, and I'm an instructor.
I haven’t done any instructing since Pan Am moved out of KFPR, but I still keep one PA28-151 that I tinker with on weekends while thinking about going back into business someday.
Interesting that Earl Hough just sold the Jet Center FBO - and the Tiki.
Do you live out on Aero Acres?