An announcement by the Cessna Aircraft Company, saying it will build its new light sport aircraft outside of the US, is expected this week. The Model 162 SkyCatcher will be built in one of six countries in an effort to keep the price competitive, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton told The Wichita Eagle.
Countries on Cessna’s short list are: Argentina, Australia, China, the Czech Republic, India and Poland - where company officials have looked at outsourcing, said Cessna spokesman Bob Stangarone.
The company has 850 orders for the Light Sport aircraft since launching the program in July at AirVenture 2007.
The SkyCatcher garnered the orders on a marketing scheme that has the first 1,000 aircraft selling for $ 109,500 before the price increases to $ 111,500.
The two-place SkyCatcher’s first flight is scheduled for the first half of 2008 with deliveries to start in the second half of 2009. Cessna plans to produce up to 700 of the aluminum planes a year, when in full production in 2011.
According to Aero-News.Net