Pays Tribute To Historic Dawn Of Powered Flight
On the eve of the 105th anniversary
of the first powered flight on December 17, 1903, Cessna Aircraft
Company Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton paid tribute to
the Wright brothers' world-changing feat.
"As we wrap up a year in which Cessna -- and the general
aviation industry as a whole -- delivers more business jets than
ever before, we'd be remiss if we did not pay tribute to Orville
and Wilbur," Pelton said. "Not only did their 12-second flight on
December 17 transform the world by giving us the power of
controlled flight, but their application of scientific methodology
displayed the passion needed to make the most of flight as a
The Wright Brothers, Pelton said, inspired many others at that
time who went on to make great contributions to aviation, including
Wichita's Clyde Cessna, who taught himself to fly a few years after
the Wright's North Carolina flight. Cessna Aircraft Company took
its present form in 1927 and has since produced nearly 200,000
aircraft, more than any other aircraft maker in history.
"The Wrights' legacy lives on today by inspiring our engineers,
who continue to design and develop aircraft based on new ideas and
technologies," Pelton said. "General aviation -- business aviation
-- will continue to play a vital role in rebuilding the global
economy by enhancing productivity -- by continuing to shrink the
"While the mainstream media often portray general aviation as an
extravagant perk only available to the wealthy, it's clear to those
of us in the industry that general aviation provides an incredible
productivity tool that allows unequaled capabilities and access to
the world," Pelton said.
Pelton noted general aviation aircraft make possible
scores of medical, agriculture, utility and community service
activities across the globe. This is a business value now being
realized around the world, with the development of the global
business aircraft market as evidence. Pelton believes that these
global transportation needs will only continue to increase.
"Like many others, I marvel at what our industry has
accomplished in just 105 years of powered flight, and I can only
dream of what we might achieve in the next 100," Pelton said.
"There's no doubt general aviation faces many near-term challenges.
But in taking a long-term perspective, my outlook for the industry
is positive and my vision is that the best is yet to come for the
businesses, communities and families benefiting from general