Cessna Will Build LSA Outside The USA
An announcement by the Cessna Aircraft Company, saying it will
build its new light sport aircraft outside of the US, is expected
The Model 162 SkyCatcher will be built in one of six countries
in an effort to keep the price competitive, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton
told The Wichita Eagle.
To keep the price affordable, "a major part of that content has
to be built someplace else," Pelton said.
Countries on Cessna’s short list are: Argentina,
Australia, China, the Czech Republic, India and Poland -- where
company officials have looked at outsourcing, said Cessna spokesman
"We have looked literally everywhere in the world," Pelton
The company has 850 orders for the Light Sport aircraft since
launching the program in July at AirVenture 2007, as reported by ANN.
The SkyCatcher garnered the orders on a marketing scheme that
has the first 1,000 aircraft selling for $109,500 before the price
increases to $111,500.
The two-place SkyCatcher’s first flight is scheduled for
the first half of 2008 with deliveries to start in the second half
of 2009. Cessna plans to produce up to 700 of the aluminum planes a
year, when in full production in 2011.
Cessna has called the new light sport plane category "simple
low-performance aircraft" and will represent aviation's biggest
growth sector -- but Pelton was quick to add the SkyCatcher won't
be a breadwinner for the planemaker, no matter where its ultimately
"While we wanted the light sport to stimulate new pilot starts
and stimulate flight training, with this low cost we aren't going
to let it become distractive," Pelton said, adding demand for the
Citation business jet is far more profitable -- so much so, Cessna
plans to expand its workforce by 1,500 jobs in 2008 to meet
"We have so much growth in front of us today in the Citation,"