Cessna will deliver the first Model 162 Skycatcher Light Sport Aircraft to the first customer of the model later this year. The customer, Rose Pelton, wife of the company’s chairman, president and CEO, will use the LSA 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.”
The Skycatcher is a two-place, single-engine piston, high-wing aircraft powered by a Continental O-200D 100-hp air-cooled, carbureted engine and a fixed-pitch propeller. It will cruise at speeds up to 118 knots and will have a maximum range of 470 nautical miles. The 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 Rules/Day/Night operations.
Cessna, in association with King Schools, has developed a 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.
For more information: Cessna.com.