Industry News

May 1998 Issue

Yo Cessna!

The new SP model Hawk sports a new prop and leather seats for a $16,000 premium. How about a bolder stroke? And soon.

At last years EAA fly fest in Oshkosh, as the Cessna tent was wall-to-wall with cellphone-toting salesmen, we had to ask: With Cirrus and Lancair around the corner with high-performance singles, what did Cessna have up its sleeve?

The coy non-replies led us to believe an announcement was in the wind. But like everyone else in the waking-from-the-dead GA industry, we suffered from an overactive imagination.

No slick new four-placer was on the verge of being unveiled to the gasps of frenzied buyers. But the 206 would soon be available again. (Yawn.)

Then, late last month, an interesting press release came spooling out of the office fax machine: Cessna announced it was offering a...

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