2008-03-16 - Sky Catcher fliegtCessna SkyCatcher Prototype Completes First Flight
Erstflug des neuen Leichtflugzeugs von Cessna<br /> Cessna completed the first flight of its Model 162 SkyCatcher prototype on March 8. "The first flight of the SkyCatcher is a significant step ahead toward our goal of bringing an affordable training aircraft to market," said Jack Pelton,
Cessna's chairman, president and CEO. "There is a lot of excitement at Cessna as we progress through our many developmental programs and I'm very proud of our teams for continuing to stay on track." The one-hour SkyCatcher flight departed Cessna Aircraft Field Airport adjacent to McConnell Air Force Base just after 7 a.m. and consisted of flight maneuvers evaluating the controllability and stability of the aircraft. The SkyCatcher, flown by Cessna Engineering Test Pilot Dale Bleakney, proceeded to Mid-Continent airport where it will continue development testing.
This is the first of three airframes: a prototype, the first production model, and an ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) test article that Cessna's engineering team will build in the development phase of the SkyCatcher program. All engineering work and testing of the 162 will be completed in Wichita. The aluminum aircraft is planned to meet ASTM standard for F2245 light sport aircraft. Fabrication of the first production 162, scheduled to fly later this spring, is progressing as planned and the ASTM test article last week completed limit load testing alongside the new Citation CJ4 test article at Cessna's structural test facility.