Wed, Nov 04, 2009
Finally... ANN is proud to present the first published flight
test data on Cessna's long-awaited LSA... the C-162 Skycatcher.
Worth the wait, the Cessna 162 may be one of Cessna's very best
efforts yet... thoroughly maximizing what it is to be an LSA...
while being true to the outstanding stability and control profiles
that have been a part and parcel of Cessna's entry-level aircraft
products for many decades.
Right up front, let us tell you, the Skycatcher does NOT
disappoint... it is a thoroughly sweet little airplane with great
manners, a pleasant aerodynamic profile, as good a performance
envelope as LSA regs allow and on top of all that, is just plain
fun to fly. In other words, the Skycatcher is one heck of a nice
little airplane and a fitting way for Cessna to put its best foot
forward in bringing forth a new generation of entry level
airplanes. Of particular note is Garmin's EXCELLENT G300 glass
panel, the easily operated and powerful addition of the TCM O-200D
and the WIDE comfy cabin. But More than that... its just a sweetie
in the air... simple, reasonably fast, agile and with nary the hint
of a bad habit. Yeah, we had a ball with the critter.
Cessna's minions tell ANN that the SkyCatcher is designed from
spinner to tail to set the new standard for an entry-level
aircraft. Though manufactured as an LSA, the SkyCatcher meets all
the required ASTM standards for certification while providing
safety, reliability, and utility.
The airplane is equipped with the proprietary Garmin G300
avionics package, and is powered by a composite propeller mated to
a Continental O-200D engine developed specifically for the Light
It also features a 44-inch wide cabin, ergonomic seats,
accessible cargo area, and a unique under-panel center stick
control. Cessna claims the industry's most extensive network of
dealers and service centers.
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