LAKELAND, Fla., April 13, 2010 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, said at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., it is set to accelerate customer deliveries of the new 162 Skycatcher light sport aircraft.
Cessna delivered its first new Skycatcher at the end of 2009 and is notifying customers that, while aircraft modifications have delayed initial deliveries, Cessna and production partner Shenyang Aircraft Corp in China are working together to ramp up deliveries through the rest of 2010. Another group of Skycatchers is being readied in Wichita now for delivery to customers in coming weeks.
Cessna continues to work with European authorities to gain approval for the LSA certification process that will allow the company to begin deliveries to European customers. Currently, a total of 12 countries around the world recognize ASTM standards for the new LSA class.
Cessna announced it will be moving the 162 Skycatcher into a primary aircraft category, and out of the Light Sport Aircraft category.
Cessna has received orders for more than 1,000 Skycatchers, 300 of which are from European customers.
Company to give away a brand new Cessna 162 SkyCatcher equipped with Garmin G300 avionics.
Cessna Chooses China's Shenyang Aircraft Corporation as Manufacturing Partner for Model 162 SkyCatcher
Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, will partner with Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) to manufacture the new Model 162 SkyCatcher light sport aircraft (LSA).