Pelican Aviation Honored with 50-Year Plaque

July 26, 2004
Oshkosh, WI - July 26, 2004 - Pelican Aviation Corporation, a Cessna Service Station at the Acadiana Regional Airport in Louisiana, was awarded a 50-year service award in July. Cessna's Director of Propeller Aircraft Customer Service, Steve Charles, presented the award to Pelican Aviation's owner Rock LaSalle. Pelican Aviation is our tenth distribution partner to be awarded Cessna's prestigious 50-year continuous service award.

"We are honored to have such a long-lasting relationship with Pelican Aviation Corporation," said Charles. "Few, if any other aircraft manufacturers have this level of life long demonstrated commitment to their product by local partners. We consider Pelican Aviation part of the Cessna family, and we are confident our partnership will lead to many great years ahead."

Pelican Aviation first opened as a seaplane base located on the Bayou Teche in New Iberia, Louisiana. At that time, the company's founder, Ed LaSalle, provided aircraft sales, flight training and maintenance services. Pelican Aviation continued to prosper and became an authorized Cessna dealer in 1954. In 1980, they moved to their present location at the Acadiana Regional Airport. Today, Pelican Aviation continues to be owned and operated by the LaSalle family a condition of the Cessna award program. Pelican Aviation is recognized as an authorized Cessna Single Engine Service Station and provides maintenance for all models of Cessna propeller airplanes in their area.

Cessna Aircraft Company is a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), 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 More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at

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