Tue, Jul 24, 2012
Planemaker Takes On The 100LL Dilemma
By Tom Woodward
Cessna is taking an aggressive position in tackling the 100LL dilemma and introducing the Cessna 182 NXT (pictured), powered by a SMA turbo diesel engine, producing 230 HP and burning 11 gallons per hour using 30 to 40 percent less fuel.
The SMA will power the C182 to a max speed of 155 knots and more than 1400 nm, up to a service ceiling of 20,000’. They are expecting a TBO of 2400 hours, though whether that was on condition was somewhat unclear. Unlike past diesels the SMA package only adds 15 additional pounds. Once the C182 NXT is in full production Cessna will stop making the T182 leaving customers without that choice though it probably won’t make a difference if 100LL is on it’s deathbed at the time. Pony up the $515,000 asking price and put your order in.
In other news Cessna announced that the Skycatcher will be certified in the Primary Category under part 121 rule BUT only for foreign countries. No need to fret, it will still be manufactured under LSA rules for the US market, and the Corvallis TTX is sporting a unique paint scheme and a more pleasing interior. The M2 Citation jet is beginning its test fights, and will be available in the first half of next year.
The interns have arrived in their gaggle of Skycatchers after a successful tour of the country with Oshkosh being the end of the line for their demonstrations. What a unique experience for a young college student, and whether they sold any airplanes is secondary to the goodwill and the encouragement they hopefully gave to the up and coming future aviators. Well, maybe not to Cessna but to EAA.
And lastly, Cessna announced a proposed concept of 6 to 7 passenger, turboprop aircraft (artist's concept pictured below). You can go to their booth and sit in the interior and dream.
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