Cessna 162 SkyCatcher All information is preliminary with performance projections for standard day conditions at sea level. The 162 will be equipped for day and night VFR flight as standard, with a primary flight display, comm radio and transponder with Mode C capability. Optional equipment will include a whole airplane parachute, autopilot, wheel pants and other equipment.
Standard price... $109,500 Engine... Continental O-200D, 100 hp Propeller... 2-blade fixed pitch composite Cabin width... 44.3 in Overall length... 22.8 ft Overall height... 8.3 ft Wingspan... 30.0 ft Wing area... 120 sq ft Wing aspect ratio... 7.5 Maximum takeoff weight... 1,320 lbs Standard empty weight... 830 lbs Maximum useful load... 490 lbs Max fuel capacity... 24 gal (144 lbs) Payload, max fuel... 346 lbs Max climb rate... 890 fpm Max speed... 118 kts Cruise speed @ 6,000 ft, 77% power... 112 kts Endurance @ 6,000 ft, 77% power, 30 min reserve... 3.4 hrs Service ceiling... 15,500 ft Takeoff distance to 50 ft... 1,250 ft Landing distance over 50 ft... 1,040 ft
Cessna Chairman Jack Pelton has been the driving force behind development of the Model 162 because he believes a steady supply of new pilots is vital to Cessna's long-term success and that of the entire industry. Pelton points out that today's young people are more demanding and want to learn to fly in an airplane with current technology, but the airplane needs to be cost effective and robust enough for flight schools to make money. The 162 will be part of a comprehensive training system that includes all materials for ground and flight training with package pricing. And, Pelton notes, the 162 will have low enough operational costs that new pilots can afford to fly family and friends after they earn their licenses. Cessna has about 300 Cessna Pilot Centers operating, ready to put the 162 in service in 2009.
Cessna will deliver more than $5 billion worth of airplanes this year, and nearly all of those dollars will come from the Citation family of business jets. But most of the people flying those Citations learned to fly in a Cessna, and, Pelton says, people at all levels of the company are committed to the Model 162 and the impact it can have on the future of flight training.
I can't remember a time in the past when the price for learning to fly actually came down, and certainly never in a brand-new, current technology airplane. The 162 is today's best hope for the future growth of the general aviation pilot population. And it seems to be working. Jack Pelton's wife, Rose, who has been an enthusiastic light airplane passenger for many years, got a look at the new 162, sat in the mock-up, studied the cabin and its surroundings, and has made a deposit so she can learn to fly in her own airplane. None of the many airplanes she has been in before moved Rose to that decision to become a pilot, so the 162 already has proven it is something special.