The latest Skyhawk is turbodiesel powered and seriously ready to roll
We turned the corner and crossed the hold short line to the blast off section of Runway 17 in this new Skyhawk we were flying, N688CS. It was my usual haunt, San Marcos, Texas, and the November air was still too warm for late fall, though the stability of the air, luckily, could have been more »
How the world’s most popular utility plane is better than ever
I won’t make any bones about it. We were getting our butts kicked as we climbed out on what seemed as though it should be an ideal early spring afternoon. The conditions were CAVU, dry air and severe clear blue skies cradling the green and rolling Hill Country of Central Texas as we headed slightly more »
After more than 10 years in production, this remarkable and too often overlooked single has become the star it was always meant to be.
I sometimes get calls out of the blue asking me for my advice about airplane buying decisions. Sometimes the caller isn’t so much seeking guidance as much as getting confirmation that the decision they’ve already made is the right one: “Yeah, a Cessna 180 sounds like a great airplane for you,” I’ll often concur. When more »
Is the oldest entry-level bizjet still best in class?
I’ll cut to the chase and start with the question that so many people in the market for a first light bizjet ask: Why would anyone not buy a HondaJet? Based on the response of the market, perhaps the biggest reason is the Cessna Citation M2, which while not quite as fast or as roomy more »
More PT6 power for improved takeoff, climb and cruise
There’s something cool, in a complex way, about sitting in a Cessna Caravan. It’s big and really high up, but feels in so many ways like a smaller airplane, which was the idea that Cessna had when it launched the model in the early 1980s. It’s a study in contradictions, from its oversized 182-style trim more »
I’m going to admit it right up front: I’ve always admired the Cessna CJ3 from afar but frankly, it’s a bit, (okay, a lot) out of my price range, so it’s a plane that I’ve only dreamed about. But dreams are good, and wow, what an airplane!
Cessna’s new citation M2 upgrades performance, value and features
Cessna understands the old wisdom that when you reduce the price, you appeal to new buyers, and when you add performance, old customers upgrade. The new Citation M2 demonstrates that seriously good things happen when you can do both.
Cessna’s hit airplane keeps getting better with age
All really great flying adventures begin at dawn,” wrote Stephen Coonts in his cross-country odyssey Cannibal Queen, and those words were all I was thinking about as I drove to the airport with the sun still hiding and the new day before me.
Cessna initiates changes to its recently acquired Columbia line of low-wing singles
Back in the ’80s, when I was working on the ABC TV show Wide World of Flying, I flew up to Washington State to interview Ken Wheeler, designer of the Wheeler Express homebuilt, and fly his innovative airplane.