WICHITA, Kan., March 4, 2010 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has delivered the 9,000th Independence, Kan.-produced single-engine piston aircraft.
Cessna customer Rob Logozio took delivery of this milestone aircraft, a 182T Skylane, during a small ceremony at Cessna’s Independence facility. Logozio purchased his 2010 Skylane from Cessna Sales Team Authorized Sales Representative Panorama Flight Service, Inc., located in White Plains, N.Y., at the Westchester County Airport.
The first Independence-produced single-engine piston came off the line in November 1996 following Cessna’s 10-year hiatus from producing single-engine piston aircraft. Cessna had ceased production in the mid-1980s due to rising liability costs and resumed production after the 1994 passage of the U.S. General Aviation Revitalization Act.
In total, Cessna has produced more than 154,000 single-engine pistons since the company’s founding in 1927.
The Cessna 182 and Turbo 182 Skylane is a four-place single-engine, high-wing piston aircraft featuring a Textron Lycoming IO-540 engine, advanced Garmin G1000 avionics and a range of more than 900 miles. When fitted with a turbocharger, the top speed jumps from 150 knots to 176 knots, or about 202 mph.
Cessna produces the Skyhawk, Skylane, Stationair, Corvalis, Corvalis TT and Citation Mustang at its facility in Independence, located southeast of the company’s headquarters in Wichita.