Cessna has scrapped its unsold Skycatcher light-sport airplanes. According to a report in The Wichita Eagle, the company retained its inventory of Model 162s for spare parts after the company stopped selling them in early 2014. It then quotes a company spokesman, who notes, “The company did dispose of what remained after salvaging usable parts.”
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.”
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*.
According to a French dealer for Cessna, 80 Skycatcher orders have been cancelled, but Cessna officials in the U.S. say the Wichita giant has just temporarily suspended taking orders for the LSA in Europe.
Sporty’s Annual Fly-In and Open House is set for Saturday, May 19, at Clermont County/Sporty’s Aiport (I69) in Ohio.
Whew! It’s over. Sun ’n Fun can be the busiest six days of one’s life — until the next one. I wanted to skim the very top of what I found interesting at the recently concluded show. Today I’ll cover airframe manufacturers and follow up this week with more.