Textron Aviation has announced enhancements to its Cessna high-wing piston aircraft – the Cessna Skyhawk, Cessna Skylane, Cessna Turbo Skylane and Cessna Turbo Stationair HD.
Arriving in 2024, the updates include new high-tech standard features and interior design options including modern seating, updated instrument panels and new exterior paint styles.
“For decades, pilots have chosen the Cessna piston line-up for its durability, comfort and performance,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, customer experience. “When designing the next interior for the iconic aircraft family, it was important that we include feedback from customers and fans. The result is a more modern, sporty feel that aligns with our family of Cessna Citation jets for the best aviation experience.”
The company said customers will notice an enhanced level of comfort and functionality throughout the aircraft. There will be new power headset jacks and charging ports at every seat (USB A and C device compatibility), upgraded seats with additional support and padding, and a new centre armrest for the Cessna Skylane, Turbo Skylane and Turbo Stationair HD models.
Textron Aviation added that, from a sleek black instrument panel to new side panels, window locks and air vents, the aircraft is designed to make the flying experience even more exciting. Owners can select from a variety of standard paint schemes to customise their aircraft.
“Cessna pistons inspire the journey of flight,” said Chris Crow, vice president, Textron Aviation piston sales. “If you’re a pilot, odds are that you learned how to fly in a Skyhawk. This investment demonstrates Textron Aviation’s continued enthusiasm for our piston aircraft line-up, and we are thrilled to see these aircraft continue to support pilots worldwide in their training ambitions or mapping their next adventure.”
Customers and fans can experience the new interior for the first time when the company debuts the design in a Cessna Skyhawk at the upcoming 2023 Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.