ANN Flight Test – Flying Cessna’s Skycatcher

November 18, 2009

Finally… ANN is proud to present the first published flight test data on Cessna’s long-awaited LSA… the C-162 Skycatcher. Worth the wait, the Cessna 162 may be one of Cessna’s very best efforts yet… thoroughly maximizing what it is to be an LSA… while being true to the outstanding stability and control profiles that have been a part and parcel of Cessna’s entry-level aircraft products for many decades.
Right up front, let us tell you, the Skycatcher does NOT disappoint… it is a thoroughly sweet little airplane with great manners, a pleasant aerodynamic profile, as good a performance envelope as LSA regs allow and on top of all that, is just plain fun to fly. In other words, the Skycatcher is one heck of a nice little airplane and a fitting way for Cessna to put its best foot forward in bringing forth a new generation of entry level airplanes. Of particular note is Garmin’s EXCELLENT G300 glass panel, the easily operated and powerful addition of the TCM O-200D and the WIDE comfy cabin. But More than that… its just a sweetie in the air… simple, reasonably fast, agile and with nary the hint of a bad habit. Yeah, we had a ball with the critter.
Cessna’s minions tell ANN that the SkyCatcher is designed from spinner to tail to set the new standard for an entry-level aircraft. Though manufactured as an LSA, the SkyCatcher meets all the required ASTM standards for certification while providing safety, reliability, and utility.
The airplane is equipped with the proprietary Garmin G300 avionics package, and is powered by a composite propeller mated to a Continental O-200D engine developed specifically for the Light Sport market. It also features a 44-inch wide cabin, ergonomic seats, accessible cargo area, and a unique under-panel center stick control. Cessna claims the industry’s most extensive network of dealers and service centers.
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Cessna Skycatcher

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A Short Promotional Video About the Cessna Skycatcher. From

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FullFlap.TV – Which system to learn to be an airline pilot 30th Mar 09

June 4, 2009 Every week.

Today: 3rd June 09
If you want to become an airline pilot there are basically two systems. FAA and JAA. So which should you do? We talk to Delta Aviation Academy and Gestair. Another interview from our series of Flyer show interviews. FullFlap.TV Private, Commercial, Fun – Monday, Wednesday and Friday Aviation TV for the new era of flying. More at

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Aero-TV Gets A Look At Flight Design’s New MC Model LSA

December 19, 2008

‘Metal Concept’ Intended To “Swallow The Flight School Market Whole”

The Aero-News and Aero-TV teams participated in the Oshkosh 2008 unveiling of an all-new light sport aircraft (LSA) produced by Flight Design, the 2009 MC or Metal Concept Model. The aircraft has been in development for approximately 36 months and with significant user input, was designed to respond to the needs of flight schools, flight clubs and the preferences of aviation enthusiasts who value the characteristics and maintainability of a metal fuselage.

Flight Design’s new MC uses aluminum for the fuselage, wings, and tail, with a complete steel internal fuselage and carbon fiber used on the nose cowl. A welded steel safety cell surrounds the cabin. As with Flight Design’s other offerings, the MC comes standard with a whole airframe emergency parachute system.

The overall length of the MC is similar to the CTLS, but has a wider wing span and is designed with a conventional stabilizer-elevator, intended to improve pitch stability and allow for “easier landings.” With the student pilot in mind, the aircraft includes urethane polymer shock absorbers in the nose gear designed to absorb more than 50% of the energy generated on the first bounce.

The aircraft controls include a center, floor-mounted stick and will be available with the Classic or Advanced Instrument Panel options similar to the other CT lines, provided by Dynon, Garmin, and PS Engineering.

The MC provides a roomier cabin as compared to the CTLS and CTSW adding nearly 8″ in height over the CTLS, and claiming to be more than 12 inches wider than most GA training aircraft. The MC payload is approximately 525 pounds, slightly less than the CTLS. The fuel capacity of the aircraft is considerably less than the other Flight Design LSAs, holding 26.4 gallons vs. 34 gallons in both the CTLS and CTSW. However, the MC maintains noteworthy and economical fuel consumption in the same 4-5 gallon per hour range, using the ubiquitous Rotax 912 engine.

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Cessna Skycatcher Intro Video

October 12, 2008

Cessna Skycatcher, Cessna LSA, light-sports aircraft, sport aircraft, light aircraft and small plane

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Cessna Concept Light Sport Aircraft (162 SkyCatcher)

October 12, 2008

At Sun ‘N Fun, 2007, AVweb’s Glenn Pew spoke with Vice President of Cessna prop aircraft sales, John Doman, about recent changes to the Cessna Light Sport aircraft proof of concept aircraft — what would become the Cessna 162 Skycatcher

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