According to news sources, Cessna is preparing to produce a new primary training aircraft- the Cessna 162 Skycatcher.  The target price of this “affordable” light aircraft is US$111,500 per copy.  Cruise speed is reportedly 118 kts with a range of 470 nautical miles behind a 100 hp Continental O-200 engine. The prototype recently completed its maiden flight.  Production is schedule for later this spring.  

I am really glad to see this. The existing Cessna trainer fleet is getting quite old. While the fleet of Experimental category aircraft has grown tremendously, it is difficult for a flight school to offer training in a home built airplane.  

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