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Cessna delivers first new ‘fast and sporty’ TTx plane

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, July 1, 2013, at 5:35 p.m.

Cessna Aircraft Co. delivered its first production Cessna TTx high-performance single-engine plane in a ceremony last week at its Independence plant.

“The TTx is an aircraft which will wow pilots with its performance and surprise passengers with its comfort,” Brian Steele, business leader for the program, said in a statement. “Everything about it is fun, fast and sporty, while at the same time intuitive and comfortable.”

The four-seat airplane was delivered to executives of Watermark Retirement Communities.

David Barnes, Watermark Retirement Communities CEO, plans to use the plane to travel among the 32 Watermark properties throughout the U.S., according to information from Cessna.

The composite airplane is assembled in Independence. Its composite structures are built at Cessna’s plant in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The Cessna TTx is an upgraded Cessna 40 Corvalis TT (for “twin turbocharged”). It was initially built by the Columbia Aircraft Co. in Bend, Ore.

Cessna acquired Columbia’s assets in 2007.

The company announced the improvements to the model in 2011.

The plane has a top speed of 270 mph, a range of 1,250 nautical miles and is the “world’s fastest single-engine aircraft,” according to Cessna.

Its starting price is $733,950, according to Cessna’s website.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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