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Публикувано: чет апр 03, 2008 8:19 am
от Марко Марков

Cessna’s SkyCatcher website is announcing that its Model 162 prototype made its first flight on Saturday, March 10. The one-hour flight departed Cessna Aircraft Field Airport in Wichita, Kansas, shortly after 7 a.m. and consisted of flight maneuvers to evaluate the controllability and stability of the aircraft.

“The first flight of the SkyCatcher is a significant step ahead toward our goal of bringing an affordable training aircraft to market,” said Jack Pelton, Cessna’s chairman, president and CEO. “There is a lot of excitement at Cessna as we progress through our many developmental programs and I’m very proud of our teams for continuing to stay on track.”

Cessna Engineering Test Pilot Dale Bleakney made the test flight to Mid-Continent airport where the aircraft will continue development testing.

This is the first of three airframes: a prototype, the first production model, and an ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) test article that Cessna’s engineering team will build in the development phase of the SkyCatcher program. All engineering work and testing of the 162 will be completed in Wichita. The aluminum aircraft is being designed to meet the ASTM International standard for light-sport aircraft.

Fabrication of the first production 162, scheduled to fly later this spring, is progressing as planned, while the ASTM test aircraft recently completed limit load testing at Cessna’s structural test facility. Meanwhile, Cessna’s engineering team continues to evaluate the 100-hp Continental O-200 engine using the proof-of-concept aircraft. It first flew with the Continental engine on Aug. 17, 2007, just weeks after the program’s official launch at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last summer.


Публикувано: чет авг 28, 2008 9:20 am
от Xedoc


Публикувано: чет ное 12, 2009 9:03 pm
от Марко Марков
Cessna promises first C162 SkyCatcher delivery to VIP this year
By John Croft
Cessna says it will deliver its first factory-built light sport aircraft (S-LSA) to its first customer - Cessna chief executive Jack Pelton's wife - before the end of the year.
Rose Pelton plans to get her private pilot licence in the 100hp (75kW) Textron Lycoming O-200D-powered aircraft, the next-generation follow-on trainer to the venerable Cessna 152. The C162 is being built in China for Cessna by Shenyang Aircraft, a decision the company says was driven by the need to produce the aircraft at the lowest possible cost.
Priced at $111,500 bare and $135,526 fully loaded, the SkyCatcher achieved its American Society of Testing and Materials standards compliance validation in August, after several design iterations driven by lessons learned in recovering from power-on spins.
The final configuration includes a ventral fin, longer rudder and vertical fin, modified gearing for the ailerons and rudder control and a Gurney strip on the trailing edge of the electric-powered elevator trim tab, a device Cessna says desensitises pitch control.
Cessna says the first 10 or so aircraft from Shenyang will not include the changes and will be modified in Wichita. After tests flights in China, the aircraft will be disassembled and shipped to delivery centres in South Carolina, Nevada and Kansas.

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/20 ... -this.html

Ще припомня, че първият полет на "C162 SkyCatcher", произведена от Shenyang Aircraft се състоя на 17 септември 2009 година на летището на компанията.


Публикувано: съб авг 07, 2010 8:43 am
от Марко Марков
Слаб интерес към "CESSNA 162 SKYCATCHER" отчитат от "Cessna Aircraft Company". През изминалото тримесечие/първото през което самолетът се продава/ са доставени на клиенти едва 4 броя. Вероятно от американската компания ще коригират и годишната си прогноза.