Cessna SkyCatcher -- Two Weeks Old, 720 Sold
It seems that Cessna has found a big hole in the airplane market ready for a two-seat all-aluminum high-wing airplane. In the first two weeks after introducing SkyCatcher at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, the company has taken in 720 orders, adding up to about $75 million in sales. "It has been very exciting to hear the overwhelmingly positive response from our customers, many of whom had waited to purchase a light sport aircraft until Cessna launched the SkyCatcher," Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton said on Wednesday. "We look forward to providing another safe, reliable and fun airplane to a new generation of pilots." The SkyCatcher features an exclusive Garmin glass cockpit -- the G300 -- and a 100-hp Teledyne Continental O-200D engine designed for light sport aircraft. Pelton talked with AVweb's Russ Niles about the SkyCatcher and other Cessna projects at Oshkosh. If you missed that podcast, listen now in the AVweb archives.