Cessna has clinched an order from Russian pilot training provider ViraZH for 79 Skyhawks. The order comes on top of another deal in 2011 for the eleven of the four-seat, piston-engined types.
Cessna is scheduled to deliver all 79 aircraft from the latest order during the fourth quarter of 2014. Upon delivery of the final aircraft, the Moscow-based company will become one of the world’s largest operators of the high-wing type.
The Textron Lycoming IO-360-L2A-powered Skyhawk will be incorporated into ViraZH’s flight school network situated throughout western Russia.
Meanwhile. A Thai businessman has become the first international owner of the piston-engined TTx.
The four-seat aircraft – touted by Cessna as the “world’s fastest commercially produced and certified fixed-gear single-engine aircraft” – was handed over to Kiatichai Monsereenusorn, managing director of Kiattana Transport, based in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
The $734,000 TTx was certificated in July, and is the first aircraft to be equipped with Garmin G2000 avionics. The cockpit features two 14in high definition displays and touchscreen controls.
The all-composite aircraft has an operating ceiling of 25,000ft (7,620m) and a 1,250nm (2,311km) range, allowing it to fly non-stop from Los Angeles to Houston or Bangkok, Thailand to Kolkata, India, says Cessna.
The Continental Motors TSIO-550-powered TTx also has an optional flight into known icing system, “enabling pilots to file flight plans for varying weather conditions”, the airframer adds.