How a ghost doomed the Skycatcher

In a new blog post, Flying magazine’s Robert Goyer says that the Cessna Skycatcher failed because it was overly sensitive to wind, had a “Made in China” label that infuriated the American marketplace, plus a high price tag. Once the price was raised to $150,000, “the price was too high for what you got, and what you got wasn’t what you really wanted to begin with,” he says. Check it out here

BRS for Cessna 182 offers useful load increase

SOUTH SAINT PAUL, Minn. — BRS Aerospace, manufacturer of whole aircraft parachute systems, recently reported that Cessna 182P and Q model owners who install a BRS system will gain a 160-pound gross weight increase.

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Citation Sovereign+ certified, deliveries begin

WICHITA, Kan. – Cessna has begun deliveries of the newly certified Citation Sovereign+ midsize business jet.

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Citation M2 certified, deliveries begin

WICHITA – Cessna has begun the first deliveries of the Citation M2 light jet following FAA type certification.

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Cessna reveals restored L-19, Dodge auction package

WICHITA, Kan. — Cessna has unveiled the restored 1959 Cessna L-19E “Bird Dog” (pictured below) to be auctioned at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. The L-19E will be auctioned alongside a Dodge M37 truck restored and donated by Okoboji Classic Cars, forming a unique pair of historical items offered in a single auction lot.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF).

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Cessna celebrates 20th anniversary of Greensboro Service Center

Cessna is commemorating the 20th anniversary of its Greensboro Citation Service Center.

The facility, located at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., is one of the busiest in the network of company-owned service centers, [Read more...]

QFC Cessna towbar extension now at Aircraft Spruce

Now at Aircraft Spruce is the Quick-fold Compact Towbar, also known as the QFC-Towbar.

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Skycatcher and the future

At the NBAA show this fall, multimillion dollar business jets and working aircraft were the focus. No surprise. After all, the organization is the National Business Aviation Association. While I’ve attended a few times (and am always stunned by the size of the exhibit hall and the opulence of the displays), I was caught off guard when I heard that some reporters asked Cessna’s President and CEO Scott Ernest about the Skycatcher.

One thing that did not surprise me was Ernest’s comment: “No future.”

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Bird Dog to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson

Cessna is donating a restored 1953 L-19/O-1 “Bird Dog” to the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) for sale this January at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Wichita Aero Club Trophy to be presented to Cessna chairman emeritus

WICHITA — The fourth annual Wichita Aero Club Trophy will be presented to former Cessna Aircraft Company Chairman Russell W. Meyer, Jr.

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