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Cessna

United States

Company Profile

Before being under the wing of Textron Aviation, Cessna was a popular American general aviation aircraft manufacturing company. While Cessna was very well known for producing small and light piston-powered airplanes, they also produced larger business jets, as well. For a long time they were one of the most popular and highest-volume producers of all general airplanes in the world.

These days, Cessna is a brand of Textron Aviation, with headquarters in Wichita, Kansas.

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Aircraft by Cessna

Aerobatic

Cessna 162 Skycatcher
Cessna 162 Skycatcher

Price: $0.11 Million USD

Amphibious

Cessna Caravan Amphibian
Cessna Caravan Amphibian

Price: $1.8 Million USD

Cargo Airplanes

Cessna Super Cargomaster
Cessna Super Cargomaster

Price: $1.45 Million USD

Cessna Super Cargomaster EX
Cessna Super Cargomaster EX

Price: $1.9 Million USD

Heavy Business Jets

Cessna Citation Hemisphere
Cessna Citation Hemisphere

Price: $35 Million USD

Cessna Citation Longitude
Cessna Citation Longitude

Price: $26 Million USD

Light Business Jets

Cessna Citation CJ1
Cessna Citation CJ1

Price: $4.76 Million USD

Cessna Citation CJ2
Cessna Citation CJ2

Price: $6.37 Million USD

Cessna Citation CJ3
Cessna Citation CJ3

Price: $7.49 Million USD

Cessna Citation CJ4
Cessna Citation CJ4

Price: $8.76 Million USD

Cessna Citation Encore
Cessna Citation Encore

Price: $8.72 Million USD

Cessna Citation II (550)
Cessna Citation II (550)

Price: $1.1 Million USD

Cessna Citation M2
Cessna Citation M2

Price: $4.9 Million USD

Cessna Citation XLS
Cessna Citation XLS

Price: $11.86 Million USD

Midsize Business Jets

Cessna Citation Columbus
Cessna Citation Columbus

Price: $27 Million USD

Cessna Citation III (650)
Cessna Citation III (650)

Price: $8.1 Million USD

Cessna Citation Latitude
Cessna Citation Latitude

Price: $16.75 Million USD

Cessna Citation Sovereign Plus
Cessna Citation Sovereign Plus

Price: $19 Million USD

Cessna Citation X
Cessna Citation X

Price: $20.6 Million USD

Cessna Citation X Plus
Cessna Citation X Plus

Price: $23.5 Million USD

Cessna Citation Sovereign
Cessna Citation Sovereign

Price: $17.07 Million USD

Passenger Turbo Props

Cessna Grand Caravan
Cessna Grand Caravan

Price: $1.75 Million USD

Cessna Grand Caravan EX
Cessna Grand Caravan EX

Price: $2.3 Million USD

Private Single Engine

Cessna 150
Cessna 150

Price: $.007 Million USD

Cessna 152
Cessna 152

Price: $0.025 Million USD

Cessna 170
Cessna 170

Price: $0.008 Million USD

Cessna 172 Skyhawk
Cessna 172 Skyhawk

Price: $0.19 Million USD

Cessna 172 SP
Cessna 172 SP

Price: $0.23 Million USD

Cessna 175 Skylark
Cessna 175 Skylark

Price: $0.01 Million USD

Cessna 177 Cardinal
Cessna 177 Cardinal

Price: $0.027 Million USD

Cessna 180 Skywagon
Cessna 180 Skywagon

Price: $0.013 Million USD

Cessna 182
Cessna 182

Price: $0.27 Million USD

Cessna 182 Turbo Skylane
Cessna 182 Turbo Skylane

Price: $0.36 Million USD

Cessna 185 Skywagon
Cessna 185 Skywagon

Price: $.32 Million USD

Cessna 188 AGwagon
Cessna 188 AGwagon

Price: $0.015 Million USD

Cessna 195 Businessliner
Cessna 195 Businessliner

Price: $0.012 Million USD

Cessna 206 Stationair
Cessna 206 Stationair

Price: $0.45 Million USD

Cessna 210 Centurion
Cessna 210 Centurion

Price: $.044 Million USD

Cessna 350 Corvalis
Cessna 350 Corvalis

Price: $0.54 Million USD

Cessna 400 Corvalis TT
Cessna 400 Corvalis TT

Price: $0.62 Million USD

Cessna 208 Caravan
Cessna 208 Caravan

Price: $1.6 Million USD

Cessna TTx
Cessna TTx

Price: $0.76 Million USD

Cessna Turbo Stationair
Cessna Turbo Stationair

Price: $0.52 Million USD

Twin Turboprops

Cessna 310
Cessna 310

Price: $.147 Million USD

Cessna 320 Skyknight
Cessna 320 Skyknight

Price: $.067 Million USD

Cessna 336 Skymaster
Cessna 336 Skymaster

Price: $.04 Million USD

Cessna 337 Super Skymaster
Cessna 337 Super Skymaster

Price: $.048 Million USD

Cessna 340
Cessna 340

Price: $.36 Million USD

Cessna 402 Businessliner
Cessna 402 Businessliner

Price: $.36 Million USD

Cessna 411
Cessna 411

Price: $.12 Million USD

Cessna 414 Chancellor
Cessna 414 Chancellor

Price: $.5 Million USD

Cessna 421 Golden Eagle
Cessna 421 Golden Eagle

Price: $.13 Million USD

Cessna 425 Conquest I
Cessna 425 Conquest I

Price: $.72 Million USD

Cessna 441 Conquest II
Cessna 441 Conquest II

Price: $1.5 Million USD

Cessna T303 Crusader
Cessna T303 Crusader

Price: $.235 Million USD

Reims-Cessna 406 Caravan II
Reims-Cessna 406 Caravan II

Price: $4.2 Million USD

VLJ (Very Light Jets)

Cessna Citation Mustang
Cessna Citation Mustang

Price: $2.77 Million USD

History of Cessna

Cessna was founded in 1927, but its history began before that when farmer Clyde Cessna built and flew his own aircraft in June 1911. He tested many of his planes before moving to Wichita, Kansas, due to bankers refusing to give him money to build more planes.

He then became a partner with Victor Roos in 1927, forming the Cessna-Roos Aircraft Company. When Roos resigned a month later, however, Cessna was able to petition successfully to have his name dropped from the company name.

While Cessna closed their doors for a short period of time due to the Great Depression, they returned to commercial production shortly after, in 1946. By 1963 they had produced their 50,000th airplane, and in 1975 had made their 100,000th single-engine airplane.

General Dynamics Corporation purchased Cessna in 1985, beginning production of the Cessna Caravan. In 1992, Cessna was sold to Textron.

In 2007, Cessna purchased Columbia Aircraft, continuing to produce some of their more popular aircraft.

cessna manufacturing plant wichita kansas
Cessna assembly line in Wichita, Kansas sometime between 1960 – 1970. source: KHS

Cessna in the Modern Era

Cessna ceased operations as their own company in March 2014 and became one of Textron Aviation’s brands.

Notable Events

In 1956, Cessna introduced the Cessna 172. This quickly became the most produced aircraft ever in history.

To help distinguish their planes from the others that their competitors were making, Cessna took a page from Detroit automakers. They came up with many different and unique marketing terms to help differentiate their aircraft. While other companies ridiculed them, this helped to set Cessna planes apart from others during that time.

One major controversy that Cessna faced was on November 27, 2007. They announced that their Cessna 162 would be built by a subsidiary of the China Aviation Industry Corporation I. They received a lot of negative feedback and pushback due to this decision because of complaints based on Chinese production quality, human rights, and less than friendly relationship with the US.

Crashes

An earlier crash involving Cessna aircraft occurred in 1972, when Nick Begich, an Alaska US Congressman was killed in the crash. While the flight disappeared and the body was never recovered, he and others on the aircraft were presumed to be deceased.

Singer, model, actress, and dancer Aaliyah was killed in 2001 due to the crash of a Cessna plane. The cause of the crash was due to excess weight on the plane and the pilot flying while under the influence.

One of the most notable crashes involving a Cessna plane occurred on January 5, 2002. A high school student stopped a Cessna 172 and crashed it in Tampa, Florida, landing in the side of the Bank of American Tower. The teenager was killed, but nobody else was injured during the incident, which was inspired by recent September 11 attacks.

Cessna FAQ

Where Is Cessna Based?

Cessna was originally headquartered in Wichita, Kansas.

Where Are Cessna Planes Made?

Cessna planes are now manufactured by Textron Aviation located in Wichita, Kansas.

The company has opened manufacturing plants in China, and intends to move most, or all of its manufacturing to China with time.

There are still multiple service locations throughout the world where people can get help and service if they have problems with their plane. There are a total of 11 domestic locations, ranging from placement in Orlando, Florida to Sacramento, California, and even Newburgh, New York.

There are also 11 international service stations. These are based mostly in Germany and France, with other locations in Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, and Spain.

What Else Does Cessna Manufacture?

In addition to producing multiple types of aircraft, Cessna also produced helicopters. Their Cessna CH-1 received its FAA type certification in 1955.

How Many Employees Does Cessna Have?

Before Cessna went defunct they had 8,500 employees in 2013.

Who Is the CEO of Cessna?

Scott Ernest was the last CEO of Cessna. He was in control of the company from May 31, 2011, taking over control of the company from Jack Pelton when he retired. Ernest had just finished 29 years at GE where he had been a VP and general manager of the global supply chain of GE Aviation.

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