Posted By RichC on October 14, 2006
Late to the light-sport aircraft (LSA) game Cessna, gives their 9 month project, a new concept light-sport aircraft (LSA) a test flight from McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas to Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport in a flight that lasted about 30 minutes. In that time it flew a variety of flight maneuvers at speeds nearing 130 mph. Although the new concept is not necessarily a business ‘go,’ Cessna Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jack J. Pelton said the company would determine if there is a favorable business case for the LSA entry. They will make that decision in the first quarter of 2007.
According to the EAA press release, “the Cessna Sport features a 30-foot wingspan, side-by-side seating in a 48-inch wide cabin, tricycle gear, and a 100-hp Rotax 912S engine. It has dual control sticks, upward opening doors, toe brakes, and a castering nose wheel. Construction is primarily of aluminum, with selective use of composite parts for the cowl, wing and dorsal fin.”