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.