Fri, Dec 21, 2007
Service Is Planemaker's Largest Customer
This week, Cessna delivered the
8,000th single-engine piston aircraft since resuming production in
Independence, KS some 10 years ago. The customer for the 8,000th
aircraft was the US Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Cessna's largest and
one of the company's oldest customers.
“The significance of this milestone delivery is to mark
the successful partnership between Cessna, the Civil Air Patrol,
and our friends at Yingling Aviation who incorporate special
modifications to the Garmin avionics required for the CAP
mission,” said Roger Whyte, Cessna senior vice president,
Sales & Marketing.
The milestone aircraft, a Cessna 172, is the 178th plane taken
by CAP since the 1996 restart of production. The Civil Air Patrol
took its first new second-generation SEP in late 1997.
The Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer force of more than 66,000
members of the US Air Force Auxiliary, has a fleet of more than 530
aircraft flying across the country, primarily in search and rescue
Cessna produces the Skyhawk, Skylane, Stationair and Citation
Mustang at its facility in Independence, located southeast of the
company's headquarters in Wichita. The Independence facility was
built when Cessna reentered the single-engine piston aircraft
market following a 10-year absence. The first Independence-made SEP
was delivered in 1996.
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