First production Skycatcher flies at Shenyang
Cessna announced today that the first Model 162 Skycatcher fabricated and assembled on production tooling flew Thursday at the factory in Shenyang in northeast China.
“The Skycatcher program continues to make significant progress, today with the first flight of our very first aircraft produced on production tooling,” said Jack J. Pelton, Cessna chairman, president and CEO.
Shenyang Aircraft Company was selected following a global search for a production partner that could handle high-quality production. SAC has a long history with experience in military and civil aircraft production and assembly. SAC is fabricating the fuselage and integrating U.S.-made engine, systems and avionics.
Following shipment to the U.S., the 162s will be reassembled for delivery at one of three regional locations.