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First production Cessna SkyCatcher flies at Chinese factory

Cessna Aircraft’s first Model 162 SkyCatcher produced at Shenyang Aircraft Co. in northeast China flew for the first time today, the company said. During the flight, the test pilot performed a number of handling quality tests.

The SkyCatcher program continues to make significant progress, Cessna chairman, CEO and president Jack Pelton said in a statement.  In July, the light sport aircraft received ASTM government compliance.

SkyCatcher deliveries are slated to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.

The planes, designed with the desire to bring people into flight training, will be produced in China. They will be disassembled, then shipped to the U.S. where they will be reassembled for customer delivery at one of three locations, including Yinging Aviation in Wichita.