Technicians at Yingling Aviation in Wichita, Kansas, one of the reassembly points for Cessna‘s 162 Skycatcher, are preparing these aircraft for delivery.
The Skycatcher is Cessna‘s entry in the Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) category and is priced at $112,250. Yingling has a Skycatcher available to rent for flight instruction or just for fun for less than $100 an hour.
Cessna is the world’s leading general aviation company, based on unit sales, with five major lines of business namely Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine turboprops, Cessna single-engine piston aircraft, aftermarket services and lift solutions by Citation Air. In 2009, Cessna delivered 754 aircraft, including 289 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $3.3 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than 192,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 6,000 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world.
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The Skycatcher is a side-by-side two-seat, high-wing, strut-braced, tricycle gear light-sport aircraft which was produced beginning in December 2009. The latest aircraft in the Cessna general aviation product line, its intended market is flight training and personal use.
Powered by a Continental O-200D flat-four engine, it could reach a maximum speed of 218 km/h. It has a range of 870 km and it could fly up to 15,500 ft.