Industry News

April 1998 Issue

How’s Cessna Doing?

Quality control issues and ADs have dogged new production, but owners are happy. Most would buy again.

Since we’ve never shied away from loosing an arrow or two at shoddy airplanes, products and services, it should come as no surprise that we’re a magnet for occasional rumors of GA doom and gloom.

Shortly after Cessna rolled out the first couple of dozen new Skyhawks not quite two years ago, a reader phoned to ask if it was true that the paint had blistered off every one of them and the lot were recalled to be stripped and repainted.

“Check it out,” he said.

A year later, a friend of friend of the brother-in-law of an avionics field rep we know—who actually lives in Independence, mind you—reported that more than 300 Cessna 172s were sitting unsold on the ramp and the company would...

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