Kansas Aviation, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yingling Aircraft, Inc. in Wichita, now how the Cessna Model 162 Skycatcher available for flight training and rental. Earlier this month, the aircraft was delivered to a retail customer, Bravo Sierra Group, LLC, which is leasing the aircraft to the flight school for use in its Cessna Pilot Center (CPC). The two-place Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) is available at a fueled rate of $98 per hour.
“The advent of the Skycatcher era is really a reminder of bygone days when it comes to the cost of renting an airplane for flight training or leisure flying,” noted Dave Tiday, manager and Chief Flight Instructor at Kansas Aviation, Inc. “We believe the Skycatcher will be key to developing the next generation of pilots who will be needed to fill the pipeline for the aviation industry in the decades ahead.”
The Model 162 Skycatcher is powered by a Continental O-200D 100-hp air-cooled, carbureted engine with a fixed-pitch propeller. Cruising at speeds up to 118 knots, it has a maximum range of 470 nautical miles. The Skycatcher features a Garmin G300 avionics system with a single, split-screen primary flight display (PFD) and a multi-function display (MFD). An optional second screen is available, permitting two full-screen displays. The aircraft is approved for Visual Flight Rules/Day/Night operations.
Wichita’s Yingling Aircraft was selected as one of three domestic re-assembly sites for the Skycatcher in January 2008. Kansas Aviation leases classroom, office and hangar space from Yingling at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport.
Kansas Aviation also plans to offer a Light Sport Aircraft Transition Course for certificated pilots. While private pilots can legally fly LSAs without additional instruction, orientation and familiarization with the systems, Pilot’s Operating Handbook, checklists, and avionics are highly recommended and Kansas Aviation has developed a course designed to transition pilots from conventional single engine aircraft into the Skycatcher. The key elements of the course, including the P.O.H. and manual on the Garmin 300 avionics, will be included in an electronic format.
For more information: KansasFlightTraining.com or 316-858-8383.