Norway flight school orders Skycatchers

Cessna reports it sold three Skycatchers at AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. Executives with Pilot Academy of Sandefjord, Norway, noted that the effort to facilitate EASA certification by moving the Skycatcher into the primary category with the FAA played a large role in the decision.

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Diesel emerging as new technology of choice for general aviation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Having the world’s leading general aviation company make a strong commitment to using turbodiesel engines is a “welcome and major step in the continued recognition of the many benefits of diesel technology,” according to Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

“Cessna’s new 182 NXT turbodiesel engine is being described as a ‘game changer’ by experts in the general aviation industry,” Schaeffer said. “With its increased range, greater payload capacity and lower direct operating costs, it’s easy to see why Cessna’s new diesel powered aircraft is going to transform general aviation.”

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Cessna launches Caravan ProAdvantage program

OSHKOSH — Cessna reported at AirVenture that  it has extended its ProAdvantage programs to its current production Cessna Caravan product line, including the newly announced Cessna Grand Caravan EX.

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Skycatcher moving from LSA category

OSHKOSH — Cessna will move the 162 Skycatcher from the Light Sport Aircraft category to Part 21 to aid in certification in countries around the world that do not recognize the LSA category. In the U.S., sport pilots will still be able to fly as an LSA, according to Cessna officials.

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Skylane powered by Jet A takes off

OSHKOSH — Cessna debuted its Skylane Turbo 182 NXT on opening day of AirVenture, powered by an SMA engine that runs on Jet A.

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Cessna adds to mobile service fleet

Cessna Aircraft Co. recently introduced another Mobile Service Unit based at Atlantic Aviation, an FBO at Birmingham International Airport in Alabama.

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Chabord exhaust system certified for Cessna 172s

Chabord Exhaust Systems has earned EASA certification for its new stainless steel/Inconel “eco” exhaust system for the Cessna 172R and -S models. The company has filed for reciprocal certification with the FAA, and “we expect no surprises,” according to President Alain Chabord.

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Cessna launches Discover Flying Challenge

Cessna Aircraft Co. has launched its Discover Flying Challenge, challenging aviation students to see who can generate the most awareness and hands-on experience for the company’s Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA), the Skycatcher.

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Hartzell gets nod for Top Prop for Skylanes

Hartzell Propeller has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its new 3-blade Top Prop conversion kit for Cessna Skylane R182, FR182, TR182 and T182 (Lycoming O-540-J3C5D or O-540-L3C5D powered) models.

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Shades of grey

General Aviation News columnist Dan Johnson recently wrote about LSAs vs. Cessna 150s. The post discusses the pros and cons of a new Light-Sport Aircraft versus the venerable Cessna 150. Dan was a long-time 150 owner and is “the man” when it comes to new LSAs, so he’s as much an expert on both — at the same time — that any of us could hope to find.

Suffice it to say, neither a brand-new LSA or a 30-year-old 150 is the perfect airplane for everyone. The comments quickly evolved into most “cost-effective” and most “expensive” arguments. Very black and white, which makes no sense to me.

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