We weren’t the first to bring you a Cessna 162 SkyCatcher pilot report, but AOPA Pilot’s January issue shows and tells about the newest LSA as only we can. The bird is highlighted against spun-candy-pink clouds, owing to the sun setting over the California landscape when staff photographer Mike Fizer took the shots.
My colleague Alton Marsh got the coveted slot to fly Cessna’s new LSA back in October. Marsh has flown several LSAs; he was the first of our staff to fly a Remos (a G-3 600) when he wrote about the Candy Bomber in June 2008. What did he think of the SkyCatcher? You’ll have to read his report, but I will tell you that he was impressed with the 162′s performance; it had no problems keeping up with the photo platform, which was a Cherokee Six.
I’m excited to see 162s enter the flight school flight lines–or I will be, when that happens. At this writing, the first one was set for delivery at the end of 2009. I hope Cessna can sustain the excitement, anticipation, and sheer buzziness it has created. What do you think?