Oshkosh Debut Venue for Cessna’s New Light Sport Aircraft

The EAA AirVenture air show at Oshkosh has certainly attracted a lot of attention from manufactures, buyers and the general public. What better place could there be to unveil a new aircraft? Cessna Aircraft Co. recently joined a string of other aircraft manufacturers and chose the Oshkosh convention as the place to début their new light sport aircraft: the 162 SkyCatcher.

Cessna’s début of the 162 SkyCatcher saw their first production model put on display. The aircraft has been under development since 2007 when they announced plans to develop a light sport aircraft at the AirVenture show. Within just one year of that unveiling, the orders started piling in and there were more than 1 000 orders for the new light sport aircraft. Though the aircraft is not quite ready for delivery just yet, it is expected to be complete by the latter half of 2009.

Fans of Cessna are no doubt eagerly awaiting their first 162 SkyCatcher. The aircraft has been developed to meet basic requirements and costs around $111 000. It is a two-seat aircraft (including the pilot’s seat) that can reach 15 500 feet, cruise at a speed of 118 knots and it has a maximum range of 470 nautical miles. The aircraft is all-metal and features a single engine piston. There is suitable space for luggage behind the seats and the aircraft is both Day and Night VFR flight compliant. The aircraft’s cabin width is 44.25 inches at the shoulders and it has a span of 30 ft. The fuel capacity is 24 gallons and the standard empty weight of the two-blade fixed-pitch propeller-driven aircraft is 830 lbs.

It might not have all the perks and accessories that are offered in other light sport aircraft, but it also doesn’t come with a super big price tag. The Cessna 162 SkyCatcher is affordable, sporty and personal – exactly the sort of thing that a lot of aviation fans are looking for. Cessna is already the largest general aviation airplane manufacturer in the world in terms of sales, and it currently operates in 34 different countries. If you would like to know more about the 162 SkyCatcher, you can visit Cessna’s official website or pop past their stall at the AirVenture convention.