Modifying your Cessna for the better

By BILL WALKER

The more we like our airplanes, the more it seems we want to modify them for the better. This is particularly true for Cessna owners whose aircraft may not have rolled through the hangar door with all the bells and whistles standard on newer planes.

My 1956 Skyhawk is typical of this group and has been the recipient of a long list of upgrades and modifications over the years. I’ve talked to a lot of Cessna pilots about their planes and have combined their suggestions with mine to assemble a list of popular Cessna mods.

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First production flight for Cessna TTx

The Cessna TTx completed its first production flight on Saturday, March 2. The single-engine composite aircraft departed from the Cessna facility in Independence, Kan. and performed the flight in and around southeast Kansas.

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Cessna goes to the races

Cessna Aircraft Co. has inked a strategic partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams to sponsor NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray, as well as racers in the IZOD IndyCar Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

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Astronics Max-Viz-600 gets Cessna SB

Astronics Corporation’s Max-Viz-600 enhanced vision system has received a Cessna Aircraft Service Bulletin for retrofit installation in recently-delivered Cessna Skyhawk, Skylane and Stationair single-engine aircraft models.

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Improved Fuel Strainer Top Assembly for Cessnas now available

McFarlane now has FAA-PMA approval for the Fuel Strainer Top Assembly for most Cessna aircraft.

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Production begins on Citation M2

Cessna’s Citation M2 has begun its initial production run in the company’s Independence, Kansas facility.

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Cessna Grand Caravan EX certified

Cessna’s Grand Caravan EX has earned FAA Type Certification, company officials report, adding it has outperformed initial targets.

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Blue skies ahead for Cessna’s diesel 182

One of the interesting technical stories from this summer’s AirVenture in Oshkosh was that Cessna has completed certification and introduced into the market a diesel cycle 182 aircraft, known as the Turbo Skylane JT-A.

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Las Vegas flight school adds seaplane

LAS VEGAS— Monarch Sky, the largest flight school and flying club in Nevada, now offers seaplane training in the Cessna 182 Amphib — the only seaplane in Las Vegas, according to company officials.

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Troubles at the top

Even aircraft giants can have problems. Cessna recently issued work orders for more than 200 Skycatchers in an effort that has to cost the big Wichita company well over $300,000*.

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