Cessna Sells First Fleet of G1000 Equipped Skyhawks

October 01, 2004
Wichita, KS - October 1, 2004 - Cessna has taken its first Garmin G1000 Skyhawk fleet order. Kansas State University's College of Technology and Aviation in Salina, Kansas, will take delivery of five new G1000 equipped 172 Skyhawks that will join an existing fleet of 15 172 Skyhawks that Kansas State University took delivery of in 1999 and 2000. The new G1000 aircraft are scheduled for delivery in April 2005. Each aircraft will display the university's purple "Powercat" logo on the vertical stabilizer.

Kansas State University plans to début their G1000 "glass" equipped aircraft to other universities in April 2005 during the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) and competition. The intercollegiate conference will be held at Kansas State University's College of Technology and Aviation in Salina.

"The new G1000 Skyhawks will be a state-of-the-art training platform and also a great marketing tool for prospective students," said Kansas State Aviation Department Head Marlon Johnston. "We're looking forward to taking delivery of one of the most proven airframes ever manufactured, incorporating the most advanced avionics package available on the general aviation market."

Kansas State University's College of Technology and Aviation is one of University's fastest growing colleges. It is located on the Salina Municipal Airport, which is home to three instrument runways, including one that is 12,300 feet long. All flight training is conducted in the Aviation Center that houses 4 simulators. The Kansas State University aircraft fleet totals 40 aircraft including Cessna 172s and a CitationJet.

Cessna Aircraft Company is a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT). Textron is a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 43,000 employees in 40 countries. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at www.textron.com. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.

For additional information or questions about the general aviation industry, contact the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) at 202-393-1500 or www.GAMA.aero.



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