Rose Pelton takes possession of Cessna’s first SkyCatcher

roseWICHITA — She didn’t take off or land — “It being my first lesson and all” — but Rose Pelton took possession of her new SkyCatcher Dec. 18.

The wife of Cessna Aircraft CEO Jack Pelton says she’s honored to be the owner of the first SkyCatcher off the line.

“She’s flying great,” Rose Pelton says of the plane.

Yingling (Aviation) did a very nice job of making it a very special day for me,” she says. When Pelton first saw the plane, “It had this huge bow on it.”

She calls herself an “absolutely” satisfied customer.

Her husband has a bit of a complaint, though.

“My life is now being scheduled around her flight training,” he wrote on her Facebook page.

Pelton wasn’t nervous flying that first day like she thought she would be.

“It was just all the excitement of the day,” she says.

She was exhausted by the end, though.

“I mean mentally and physically exhausted.”

John and Martha King, owners of King Schools through which Pelton is taking online flying courses, surprised her by showing up for the SkyCatcher delivery.

“That was really cool,” Pelton says.

She’s considered naming her plane Rosebud.

“I asked Jack, and he said, ‘No, people don’t name their airplanes, Rose.’”

Her friends all have the same word to describe her SkyCatcher.

“It’s just so cute,” they keep saying.

That’s not her husband’s favorite word for the plane.

“I’ll tell you what he ’fessed up,” Pelton says. “ ‘If it will sell airplanes, you can call it cute as much as you want.’ ”