...Will That Be Metal Or Plastic?
Just what this new aircraft will be is, of course, the subject of much speculation. And here, Cessna's reputation of being able to keep secrets seems to be unchallenged. While some we talked to insist the "new" aircraft will simply be a modernized version of the same basic aluminum airplane, others are adamant that the company took a clean-sheet approach to the project and it will be a composite four-place with all the electronic bells and whistles. Something they do agree on, however, is that it will retain the high wing, although without struts. At one time, Cessna produced more than a dozen different singles before it shut down the line in the 1980s. Resumption of light plane production in the early 1990s revived only the 172, 182 and 206 models. Most recently, the designs, which date to the 1950s, have been outfitted with factory-installed glass cockpits.