Here’s an item we’ve all waited for: Cessna exercising it’s production mojo by shipping its 50th production Skycatcher S-LSA. *** The company manufactures and ships the C-162 from its Shenyang Aircraft manufacturing site in China to the US final assembly facility (Yingling Aviation, Wichita, KS). *** Current Cessna projections call for 30 total deliveries by year’s end, with another 150 more in 2011. *** The skies will be white with Skycatchers before long! *** That’s welcome and none-too-early news for the industry as well as all those Skycatcher owners who’ve been patiently waiting delivery, which includes flight schools across the country hoping this will be the next 150/152. *** Price is holding steady at $112,000, including a Garmin G300 avionics deck and the Continental O200D engine. Cessna has also added five flight training schools to its network, which bumps its U.S. presence to more than 280 Cessna Pilot Centers. *** Five of them already use the Skycatcher for flight training duties: • Downtown Aviation; Memphis, TN • Eagle Aircraft; Valparaiso, IN • Kansas Aviation; Wichita, KS • Panorama Flight Service; White Plains, N.Y • Space Coast Aviation; Merritt Island, FL (which also rents the C-162 for $99/hr) *** The more LSA people see, the more they’ll grok that LSA are here to stay.
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