Cessna Aircraft Company is gearing up for the first flight of its Model 162 SkyCatcher prototype in the coming months. Cessna´s engineering team in Wichita, Kan., is building three airframes: prototype, first production and a test article for American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) compliance work.
The company also announced the locations of its United States reassembly facilities for the Cessna SkyCatcher. Following production in China, SkyCatchers will be test flown, disassembled and shipped to three Cessna facilities in the United States: in West Columbia, S.C., Yingling Aviation in Wichita, Kan., and Southwest Platinum Aviation in North Las Vegas, Nev. The facilities will reassemble the aircraft and conduct acceptance test flights prior to delivery to Cessna Sales Team Authorized Representatives, who will in turn distribute the aircraft to retail customers.