The Cessna SkyCatcher is a high-wing, side-by-side two-seat, strut-braced, tricycle gear light-sport aircraft, its intended market is flight training and personal use. This aircraft makes the flying dream sound real. The aircraft lovers will enjoy the extreme flyability, affordability and also the latest technology.
It should be noted that this aircraft is very popular even since 2007 among Popular Science magazines. It was named by those magazines being the best “starter plane” for an entire new generation of pilots.
This new aircraft has efficient innovations with the help of the new technology bringing a classic nice look.
From its Cessna high-wing design and aluminum exterior to its modern styling, the SkyCatcher embodies everything you’ve come to love about Cessna’s traditional single engine aircraft and so much more.
A soft landing is the best one
The high-strength and the tapered steel tubes used by the main landing gear are very important for a smooth perfect landing.
Now, you can see the sights
The large wings offer some advantages to SkyCatcher, great visibility, stability, sun blocking and weather protection, a simple preflight inspection and easy access to pilot and passenger.
Another characteristic of the SkyCatcher is the easy access to the baggage area behind pilot and copilot.
The doors are different from previous two-seat Cessna models - they open by swinging upward.
Height - 8 ft 4 in (2.53 m)
Length - 22 ft 10 in (6.95 m)
Wingspan -30 ft (9.14 m)
Comfort – is another word to describe the interior of this aircraft. SkyCatcher, the most affordable Cessna aircraft has comfortable, ergonomic seats with armrests that make the perfect ride through the sky. You have to stay without any worry because there are two cup holders and a general storage area, so your possessions will be secured.
At the model 162 there are two aircraft seats, for pilot and copilot, also it has two doors which greatly eases the access. The storage area is provided aft of the seats.
Height - 46.8 in (1.19 m)
Width - 44 in (1.12 m)
Length - 5 ft 9 in (1.76 m)
Standard Seating Capacity -2
Baggage Capacity -22 cubic ft (0.6 cubic m)
You could observe LED wash panel lighting and a backlit instrumentation that will help you a lot and also you will see that this creates a pleasant atmosphere.
Using an optional sun visor, you can have a better vision of the landscape, without any obscurity, of the Garmin G300 glass cockpit.
Garmin G300 avionics package was fabricated having the Cessna SkyCatcher in mind.
The engine, the primary flight and the moving map information is presented by a single Garmin G300 display.
Information can also be shown on two full-screen displays with assembling of a second screen, which will be a better option.
Other types of equipment contain: a Garmin GTX327 Mode C transponder, Garmin SL40 Com radio, VFR GPS and a 406 MHz ELT and optional second MFD, audio panel and autopilot shown.
Much simpler and lighter than the traditional control yokes are the control sticks. Cessna SkyCatcher customer feedback is excellent and is described like this: the SkyCatcher matches the recreation of flight with the peace of mind you expect from a Cessna. Also for a complete control, there is a dual control sticks and a G300 glass cockpit for total control.
Multi – Function Display
An important piece is the second right-side G300 multifunction display that indicates the exceptional terrain awareness and XM radio capability.
Teledyne Continental Motors Inc., has been a recognized world leader in the enlargement of aviation products for more than 100 years. The original engine advanced into various models over the years, including the A65, A75, C75, C85 and C90, and finally developed into the O-200. This engine is used also at the Cessna 150.
Our aircraft engine disposes of a Continental O-200D, four-cylinder, an air-cooled, naturally aspirated, spark ignition, direct drive engine that produces a maximum of 100 brake horsepower at 2,800 RPM. The Continental O-200D enables you to fly at speeds up to 118 knots (219 km/hr), with a range of 470 nautical miles (870 km) and a service ceiling of 15,500 feet (4,724.4 m). This is the perfect trainer to learn to fly in.
Other engine traits: Lightweight crankshaft, CAD modeled engine design, spin-on oil filter, lightweight cylinder design, precision balance crankshaft, lightweight alternator, balanced connecting rods, lightweight valve covers, balanced pistons, lightweight high torque starter, and dual magneto ignition.
Safety is another word that characterizes Cessna for more than 80 years.
SkyCatcher customers have a lot of benefits: first is the insurance, second – the lower cost of ownership, third – the confidence and also the comfort.
The wing has a special structure, realized for a smooth ride that uses a two spar design with a strut that attaches to the forward spar. Also time you spent in the air will be at minimal cost.
Safer by definition
Another benefit for those who love flying is that the light-sport aircrafts are easy-to-fly and quite simple-to-operate.
On improved or on unimproved runways, the SkyCatcher’s main landing gear utilizes high-strength, tapered steel tubes.
With all these benefits your fly will be certainly an excellent one and you will enjoy it.
Single Pilot Certified – Yes
Maximum Cruise Speed - 118 ktas (219 km/h)
Certified Ceiling - 15,500 ft (4,724 m)
Takeoff Distance - 1,250 ft (381 m)
Landing Distance - 1,040 ft (317 m)
Rate of Climb at Sea Level - 890 fpm (271 mpm)
Range - 470 nm (870 km)
SkyCatcher Maximum Weights
Ramp Weight - 1,320 lb (599 kg)
Takeoff Weight - 1,320 lb (599 kg)
Landing Weight - 1,320 lb (599 kg)
Zero Fuel Weight - N/A lb (N/A kg)
Usable Fuel Capacity - 144 lb (65 kg)
Typically-Equipped Empty Weight - 830 lb (376 kg)
Useful Load - 490 lb (222 kg)
Maximum Payload - 490 lb (222 kg)
Full-Fuel Payload - 346 lb (157 kg)
Manufacturer - Teledyne Continental
Model (Number) - 0-200D (1)
Time Between Overhauls - 2,000 hr
SkyCatcher Operating Costs
Cost per Mile - $0.5
Cost per Hour - $56