Cessna’s Skycatcher flying off into the sunset

Cessna 162 Skycatcher N5201K - Wikipedia

Cessna 162 Skycatcher N5201K – Wikipedia

Back in October, Cessna’s CEO Scott Ernest stated that the company’s light sport Skycatcher had “no future.”

Me … I dunno, I really wanted to like the aircraft.  I flew it, it was okay.  It wasn’t anything overly spectacular.  The only thing that really stood out was the remarkably high price for a Chinese-built airplane.

Maybe it was a case of bad timing.  Back in 2007, Cessna announced that they’d received 850 orders.  By 2008, they had 1,000.  By then, though, the economy was heading into the tank.  But, a sub-$100,000 light sport aircraft was still attracting buyers.  That’s what we were all promised in 2006.

And then the price jumped to $109,500 for the first 1,000 planes in 2007.

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Volunteers Needed to Count Bald Eagles

Bald EagleVolunteers are needed to help count bald eagles for the 35th season in the annual winter bald eagle counts in and near the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains on Saturday December 21st, January 11th, February 8th, and March 8th.

Concurrent Bald Eagle counts are held at Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Silverwood, Lake Perris, and Lake Hemet. Volunteers are stationed at vantage points around the lakes, where they watch for bald eagles during a 1-hour period on the count mornings. Volunteers record their observations on maps and data sheets.  This is a wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse of our breath-taking national symbol.  Brief orientations are conducted prior to the count so volunteers know where to go and what to do.

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TreadLightly! Unveils Newly Re-Designed Outdoor Education Website for Kids

TreadLightly-LightfootMove over Elmo. Take a hike dora. Lightfoot is back in town – and he has a new website your kids need to check out now at tlkids.org!

In a national effort to engage children in outdoor education Tread Lightly! has re-vamped tlkids.org – a website designed to help kids learn to recreate responsibly in the outdoors.

The newly re-designed site offers fun, interactive word games, trivia, coloring pages and other activities teaching children the importance of safe and environmentally responsible outdoor recreation.

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In a national effort to engage children in outdoor education, the nonprofit organization Tread Lightly! has re-vamped TreadLightlyKids.org—a website designed to help kids learn to recreate responsibly in the outdoors. Continue reading