In October of last year, Cessna rolled out the 2004 Skylane for dealers to see. The newest 182 featured new paint on the outside, but something truly remarkable on the inside: an all-glass cockpit via the Garmin G1000 Integrated Avionics System. Cessna took orders for more than 300 of the new Skylanes in 24 hours, leaving them with the enviable problem of looking for ways to increase the production run to meet the demand.
Soon after the rollout, Cessna began a rigorous road show with the Cessna Skylane, touring the country to meet a variety of media requests and dealer inquiries. Lori Lucion, marketing and communications manager for Cessna single-engine aircraft, and Kirby Ortega, Cessna’s flight-training supervisor, were among the first to put the new airplane through the paces.