Fri, Nov 06, 2009
First 'Customer' Is Cessna President's Wife
Cessna said Thursday it will deliver the first Model 162
Skycatcher Light Sport Aircraft to the first customer of the model
later this year. The customer, Rose Pelton of Wichita, Kansas, will
use the aircraft to pursue her private pilot’s license.
“When I first saw the Skycatcher mockup at Oshkosh in
2007, I knew that was the aircraft I wanted to learn to fly
in,” Pelton said. “I couldn’t be more excited to
own the first Skycatcher.”
Rose is the wife of Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack J.
The Model 162 Skycatcher is a two-place, single-engine piston,
high-wing aircraft in the Light Sport Aircraft category, defined in
the United States as an aircraft with a gross weight under 1,320
pounds and with a top speed of no more than 120 knots. LSAs are
built to ASTM International standards.
The 162 is powered by a Continental O-200D 100-hp air-cooled,
carbureted engine and a fixed-pitch propeller. The aircraft will
cruise at speeds up to 118 knots and will have a maximum range of
470 nautical miles. The Cessna 162 Skycatcher features a Garmin
G300 avionics system. Information is presented in a single,
split-screen primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function
display (MFD), or as two full-screen displays with an optional
second screen. The Skycatcher will be capable of Visual Flight
Cessna, in association with King Schools, has also developed a
new Web-based training system for sport and private pilot
certificates that will be available through the Cessna Pilot Center
network of flight schools.
Cessna launched its Skycatcher program at AirVenture Oshkosh in
2007 and has since amassed more than 1,000 orders.
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