Thank you very much for accepting my comments in answer to your
question. As you requested, I'll be happy to post them here for you.
Also, just to let you know, I am attempting to contact both the local
dealer in my area and Stetson Aviation, referenced in my answer, which
is located in my general region as well. If I hear back from either or
both of them, I'll post a clarification here with any information they
might be able to provide.
Hope you have a great weekend - and thanks again!
Very best wishes,
Nice airplane, the Skyhawk 172S SP! I flew a 2002 model when it had
only 25 hours on the Hobbs ? what a joy!
I wish I could give you a definite answer to your question, but all
I?ve been able to find is that yes, there?s going to be a wait, but
how long will depend on where, who and how quickly you get your dibs
There is currently no readily available information from either Cessna
or GAMA (General Aircraft Manufacturers Association) on sales figures,
actual or projected, for the 2004 models. In fact, GAMA hasn?t even
issued their ?04 market forecast yet. It?s scheduled for Feb. 11 at
its ?Annual Industry Review and 2004 Outlook,? in Washington:
http://www.gama.aero/events/air.php Since the Skyhawk is an immensely
popular aircraft, I would think they might have something to say about
its projected sales, but until the event it?s hard to know for sure.
Cessna has nothing on its site about it, either here:
http://skyhawksp.cessna.com/ or here: http://www.cessna.com/
Basically the way aircraft sales work (as it was explained to me by a
dealer I know) is that there?s a network of authorized Cessna dealers
around the world (CSTAR = Cessna Sales Team Authorized Representative)
and each of them gets to bid or put in for a certain quota of
aircraft. After that, aircraft are pretty much custom ordered, and
delivery is contingent on filling prior dealer and other orders. What
you might need to do is check around and see who?s getting how many in
and when. For example, Stetson Aircraft in Kenedy, TX is getting two
of these aircraft in April (
http://www.stetsonaviation.com/2004_172s_skyhawk_sp.htm ) and Cessna
Pacific in Sydney, Australia is getting one in August (
http://www.cessnapacific.com.au/cessna/aircraft2.php ) At the moment
at least, it doesn?t appear these aircraft are spoken for, so
presumably they?re available to the first comer.
Here?s a site you can use to find CSTARs:
http://se.cessna.com/cstars/index.chtml I would suggest, if you?re
seriously interested in getting your hands on a new Skyhawk,
contacting them one by one, starting with the one nearest you, and
going from there.
However, it may be that another Researcher could come up with this
info for you. I?ll be interested myself to see. In any case, best of
luck, and I hope you enjoy your new airplane if you are indeed
Clarification of Answer by
09 Feb 2004 15:23 PST
I did receive a reply this afternoon from Lynn Thomas, the general
sales manager at Stetson Aviation in Kenedy, TX, (which I referenced
in my answer). Here's what he said (in part, with permission):
"We do have the two 172SPs coming in April. One has a purchaser
already, and we are discussing the sale of the second with two other
folks. According to Cessna, availability this year is very tight. We
have a number of customers looking for Turbo 182s and they are simply
not available until late in the year or early in 05! Now having said
all that, we can search through out the Cessna system for one if your
interested party needs one on a specific date. I guess that's both
good news and bad news! If you'd like, I'd be happy to spend some
time talking about this further ... call me at the office at
If you'd prefer to email directly, his address is: email@example.com
What I infer from that is that a dealer has avenues of information not
available to the general public, so it might be a good idea to get in
touch as he seems quite willing to be of help.
Good luck - and thanks again!