July 27, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
The Cessna 162 SkyCatcher light sport aircraft has complied with ASTM standards, clearing the way for deliveries by November or December. “This is significant not only for Cessna, but for the aviation community as a whole,” said Cessna Chairman, President, and CEO Jack Pelton.
Pelton said that once the SkyCatchers enter service, they will serve as a catalyst for increased pilot starts. “They will significantly change the economics of ownership and operation for flight schools, aircraft renters, and aircraft owners, and will benefit the entire GA community,” Pelton said.
The Cessna 162 is powered by the Continental O-200D 100-hp engine and features Garmin G300 avionics. The Garmin G300 presents a single split-screen primary flight display and multifunction display, or can be two full-screen displays when an optional second screen is added as an option.
Cessna conducted tests not required to meet ASTM standards, such as ground vibration testing and instrumented in-flight flutter testing. An airframe fatigue test is planned.
The FAA has asked the National Transportation Safety Board to review a judge’s ruling reversing a fine it levied in an unmanned-aircraft case.
The Tucson Soaring Club is trying to grow the sport by training the next generation of glider pilots.
Able Flight has received and $8,000 check from the AOPA Foundation.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.