6,000th Single Engine Piston Since 1996, 1,500th Caravan Out
Cessna Aircraft Company
announced last week the storied manufacturer has met several major
milestones in its single engine division this year, according to
company Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton. With more than
165,000 single engine piston airplanes manufactured throughout its
78-year history, Cessna can lay claim to the largest fleet of such
aircraft in the world.
"As of this year, we delivered our 6,000th single engine
aircraft since the return to single-engine production in 1996... In
the turboprop sector, we celebrated delivery of the 1,500th
Caravan," Pelton said.
The 6,000th single engine piston plane, a 172S Skyhawk NAV III
equipped with the Garmin G1000 (above), went to Anson Air's Dana
Atkinson, president of the Cessna Pilot Center based in Sugar Land,
The 1,500th Caravan (below) will go to a company in Poland's
ferroalloys industry, according to a company release.
According to Cessna, the workhorse Caravan is in service in more
than 60 countries. In the 20 years since Federal Express received
the first Caravan model, the fleet has averaged more than 70,000
hours per month, exceeding more than 8 million flight hours
While the company anticipates continued success from its current
models, the company is not ignoring the future. As was previously reported in Aero-News,
the company is studying the feasibility of a next-generation single
"We have been conducting market studies and assessing new
technologies to ensure our next generation piston family is
responsive to market requirements and provides significant
improvements in safety, performance, comfort and economics," said
Pelton. "We are currently in the process of listening to what our
stakeholders have to say about our possible designs."
"We are proud to see these new chapters added to the 78-year
history of Cessna's single engine airplanes, and we see an exciting
future for Cessna in this sector," he said.