Friday, 5 March 2010

Cessna chalks up number 9000

Cessna has delivered the 9,000th single-engined aeroplane to be built in its Independence, Kansas, factory. The aircraft, a C182T, was picked up by Robert Logozio following a short ceremony.

The Independence factory's first C172 rolled out in 1994 after Cessna restarted manufacturing singles following the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994. This limited a manufacturer's liability to 18 years.

In addition to the traditional Cessna singles (C172, C182, C206) the factory is home to the Citation Mustang production line and now the Corvalis line. Cessna caused a great deal of angst in the US when it decided to build the SkyCatcher in China, and more recently when it exported some jobs from Independence to Mexico.

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