Wed, Mar 30, 2011
Aircraft Now In Service At ERAU, And There's A New Training
Video From King Schools
Cessna has announced several developments for the Model 162
Skycatcher, led by the availability of Garmin’s pathways
guidance capability for the G300 avionics suite.
Pathways brings G1000-like features to Cessna’s light
sport aircraft. The synthetic vision feature simplifies navigation
by displaying a three-dimensional, perspective view of the flight
path on the primary flight display. Enroute legs are displayed as a
series of outlined windows, making it easy for pilots to follow the
highway in the sky. This new feature will be standard by the end of
the year with retrofit availability to follow.
Cessna has received approximately 100 Skycatchers from Shenyang
Aircraft Corporation, where fabrication and assembly take place. In
conjunction with its reassembly site at Yingling Aviation in
Wichita, KS, Cessna has delivered some 45 Skycatchers to
One customer who has taken delivery is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University. The school’s flight teams on the Prescott, AZ,
and Daytona Beach, FL, campuses are the first to compete using
Skycatchers. ERAU will participate in short-field and power-off
landing competitions in the National Intercollegiate Flying
Association Safety Conference in May.
In other program news, King Schools has released its Flying the
Skycatcher DVD training program, the official pilot transition
course used in Cessna Pilot Centers worldwide. The DVD program
covers all the critical phases of flight as pilots fly along with
John and Martha King for 25 maneuvers.
Announced in 2007, the Skycatcher features the Garmin G300
avionics suite and a Teledyne Continental O200D engine. Priced at
$113,500, the two-seat, single-engine aircraft has a maximum cruise
speed of 118 knots with a maximum range at 6,000 feet of 440
nautical miles. Fabrication and assembly is centered at Shenyang
Aircraft Corporation in Shenyang, China. Aircraft are shipped to
Cessna’s U.S. reassembly site.
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