WICHITA, KS – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. company, has begun deliveries of the Corvalis line of high-performance single-engine piston aircraft at the company's state-of-the-art customer center in Independence, KS, the first step in moving the entire production line from Cessna's facility in Oregon.
"We currently deliver the Cessna Skyhawk, Skylane, Stationair, and the Citation Mustang from the customer center in Independence. Using this facility for deliveries to our new Corvalis customers is a great way to begin the process that will transition the entire Corvalis production line to Independence later this year," says Rod Holter, vice president for Cessna Single-Engine/Mustang Operations.
The customer accepting delivery of the first Corvalis from the Independence customer center is Glenn Hughes from Utah, who already owns a Citation CJ2 and has a Citation CJ4 on order.
"Taking delivery of my new Corvalis in Independence has been a wonderful experience," says Hughes. "We plan to use our Corvalis for our business and it will be a great addition to our Cessna fleet."
Cessna will close its Bend, OR, facility as previously announced on April 29. The final assembly and delivery process for the Corvalis product line will be moved to Cessna's facility in Independence over the next few months. Cessna acquired certain assets of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Co. in December 2007. Since then, in addition to making a number of significant improvements to the aircraft and its global product support, Cessna renamed these aircraft the Cessna Corvalis TT (twin turbo) and Corvalis (normally-aspirated).