Cessna 162 Skycatcher

The Cessna 162 Skycatcher is a light aircraft from the American manufacturer Cessna.


The smallest aircraft made ​​by Cessna was the two-seat C- 140 that was with only minor changes under the model numbers C -150 and C -152 known worldwide later. In all variants, over 30,000 aircraft of this model were manufactured. Because of its low operating costs and good-natured flight characteristics of the aircraft is still one of the standard models in pilot training. About 75 % of the old model are still in use. In 1985, Cessna decided for the sake of the American product liability law to no longer produce light aircraft. The other model series, the manufacturer was produced again from 1996 but it took another ten years until Cessna at Oshkosh EAA AirVenture in July 2006, a successor to the C -152 introduced, which first carried the designation Cessna LSA there. While the engine were taken from the proven predecessor, the interior is much wider, also received the two-seat C -162 in the interior of a modern Garmin G300 glass cockpit, which has been adapted specifically for this small model.

The airplane is certified for day and night flights under visual flight rules ( VFR), but not for flights under instrument flight rules ( IFR). The first series had SkyCatcher in May 2008 ( some eight weeks after the prototype) made ​​its first flight. The first built in Shenyang, China in Shenyang Aircraft Corporation for the U.S. market machine had its first flight on 17 September 2009. The 400 -pound metal two-seater is to be approved in the U.S. in the LSA category and are sold for $ 111,500. The machine is equipped with a 74 kW Continental piston engine and has a top speed of 219 km / h and a range of 870 km. In the summer of 2011, the 100th machine was delivered and Cessna announced that it wants to modernize the machine. So is replaced including the aluminum propeller through a model of Compositwerkstoffen of McCauley.