Cessna delivered the first Cessna 162 Skycatcher today. The aircraft was delivered during a ceremony at Yingling Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas – Cessna’s corporate headquarters. The first aircraft was delivered to Rose Pelton, the wife of Cessna CEO Jack Pelton.
The Skycatcher marks Cessna’s first foray into the new Light Sport Aircraft category which defines LSA’s as an aircraft with a maximum gross weight of 1,320 pounds and a top speed of 120 knots. Like all modern Cessna aircraft, the 162 features a fully integrated glass cockpit.
Cessna launched its Skycatcher program at EAA Airventure 2007 and has since amassed more than 1,000 orders for the light sport aircraft.