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August 2006 edition

Cessna tests features for new piston aircraft

Features including forward swept, strutless high wing and advanced-shaped fuselage are being developed and tested in Cessna’s next generation piston proof-of-concept aircraft Cessna is developing the aircraft to augment its product line of 172 Skyhawks, 182 Skylanes and 206 Stationairs.

Cessna chairman Jack Pelton says: “We have been looking at a range of possible technologies, features, materials, and processes that will result in an aircraft that is responsive to market needs and preferences and will be a strong competitor to the most modern single engine piston designs.”

Pelton says company will not release performance numbers or specifications until the development programme is further advanced.

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