Cessna Single Engine Aircraft Receive Air Bags

October 11, 2004
Las Vegas, NV - October 11, 2004 - Cessna Aircraft Company will begin equipping its new single engine aircraft with an air bag system beginning in 2005. The airbags, or AMSAFE Aviation Inflatable Restraint system (AAIR), are designed by AMSAFE Aviation, the world leader in passenger and aircrew restraints. The AAIR system is also available for installation on existing Cessna single engine aircraft through a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

The AAIR will be standard equipment in the pilot and copilot seats of all new Skyhawks, Skylanes, and Stationairs. It will be standard equipment in the Skylane and Stationair's passenger seats directly behind the pilot and copilot. It will be optional equipment for the Skyhawk and Stationair's aft cabin passenger seats.

The AAIR system is designed to enhance passenger safety in aircraft by reducing head impact trauma in otherwise survivable accidents. The system resembles a normal seat belt in size and shape, but it contains an airbag that rapidly inflates upon sensing an impact. The airbag is folded into a sheath on the lap restraint and safely deploys away from the passenger, eliminating many of the hazards of automotive airbags that deploy toward the occupant. The system is self-contained, modular, and independent of aircraft power.

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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Eric Salander, Vice President, Investor Relations
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