Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The invisible aeroplane

Anyone know what's happening with the Skycatcher? In terms of orders, it's in high-speed cruise, in terms of deliveries it's just about limping away from the hangar.

As I understand it, there have been just eight deliveries so far. Most of those have gone to Cessna employees, or those close... so what gives?

The official line is that the aircraft are being shipped to Wichita for assembly and modification by Yingling Aviation. That's true, but how come only eight have been delivered? Wichita has thousands of skilled unemployed aerospace workers, so presumably there's not a resource issue. Cessna has over a thousand orders, so there's not a demand issue...

There are of course rumours, none of which I've been able to confirm. I've heard that the factory in China is struggling to make acceptable quality aeroplanes, I've heard that Cessna is not at all happy with the Chinese for various reasons, I've even heard that the Chinese have an aeroplane all of their own that looks just like a Skycatcher.

Anyone got any ideas?

No comments: