WICHITA, Kan., March 2, 2011 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has made the first international delivery of a Model 162 Skycatcher to a customer in Australia. The aircraft will be on display at the Australian International Airshow — Avalon 2011 — in early March.
The first international Skycatcher, delivered to Aeromil Pacific, based at Sunshine Coast Airport in Queensland, will be used for sales demonstration throughout 2011.
The Skycatcher, announced in 2007, is Cessna's entry in the popular light sport aircraft category. It features the Garmin G300 avionics suite and a Teledyne Continental O200D engine. Priced at $113,500 (2011 delivery), the two-seat, single-engine aircraft has a maximum speed of 118 knots with a maximum range of 470 nautical miles.
The Skycatcher design team was named winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Piper General Aviation Award for 2010. AIAA presents the award annually for outstanding contributions leading to the advancement of general aviation. Designed as a low-cost flight trainer, Skycatchers have already been delivered to several Cessna Pilot Centers around the U.S. More international deliveries are slated for later this year. Cessna has delivered more than 30 aircraft to date and plans to deliver 150 Skycatchers in 2011.
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Cessna is the world's leading general aviation company, based on unit sales, with five major lines of business: Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine turboprops, Cessna single-engine piston aircraft, aftermarket services and lift solutions by CitationAir. In 2010, Cessna delivered 535 aircraft, including 179 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.6 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than 192,500 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 6,100 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.
Cessna customers in China operate nearly 200 propeller aircraft and 26 Citation business jets in a variety of roles including training, business travel and special missions.
Cessna says Brazil is its leading market for Citation business jets outside the United States, with an in-country fleet of more than 200 Citations for the first time in history.
Cessna has received orders for more than 1,000 Skycatchers, 300 of which are from European customers.
Textron Chairman and CEO Scott C. Donnelly will run the business until a successor is named.