Cessna Aircraft Co. has modified the tail on its Light Sport Aircraft.
According to Cessna Manager of Communications Angela Landwher, the vertical tail was made larger and given less sweep in response to a stall-spin accident during flight testing last year. During a test flight, the LSA entered a spin from which the pilot could not pull out. He parachuted safely from the airplane.The SkyCatcher crashed in a field.
Landwher told General Aviation News that the spin simulations of the SkyCatcher with the modified tail “did not indicate any unrecoverable spin characteristics.” She added that deliveries of the SkyCatcher are still on track for the latter half of 2009. Cessna has more than 1,000 orders on the books for the SkyCatcher, which is priced at about $111,500
The aircraft will be built at Shenyang Aircraft Co. in Shenyang, China.
“The assembly jigs and tooling are already in China,” she said. “The engines and avionics are being shipped over.”
The SkyCatcher sports a Continental 0-200D engine and a Garmin G300 avionics package.
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