Cessna Presents Platinum Award to Pigs Can Fly Training Center

September 17, 2007
Wichita, KS - September 17, 2007 - Pigs Can Fly (PCF) Aviation, LLC has received the Platinum Award for exceptional performance in the Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) network from Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

The award was presented by CPC Western Regional Manager Jim Pitman to PCF Aviation co-owner Patrick Mallon during the August 2007 Cessna Pilot Center Seminar in Wichita. Cessna considers a number of factors in evaluating CPC performance including facilities, training equipment and general operations.

"PCF Aviation is one of the finest Cessna Pilot Centers in the country," Pitman said. "Pat and his team provide the right mix of well-maintained aircraft, excellent instruction, and outstanding customer service. This Platinum Award is Cessna's acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication so evident in all of PCF's activities."

The Pigs Can Fly Aviation fleet includes nine Cessna aircraft, with two newly announced Cessna SkyCatcher LSAs to be added. The school is located at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, McChesney Field, on the central coast of California.

"PCF Aviation is honored to receive the Platinum Award in 2007, which coincides with Cessna's 80th anniversary celebration," Mallon said. "The Cessna Pilot Center program offers the safest, most advanced flight training system available today. PCF Aviation has helped more than 1,150 people take flight since 2001 and with our recent expansion to the Paso Robles Airport we will continue to teach the Central Coast to fly."

Cessna's extensive network of approximately 300 CPCs around the world was established more than 35 years ago. The average time for students to obtain their private pilot's certificate while using Cessna's computer-based instruction training course is only 54.5 hours, almost 30 percent less than the national average, resulting in less expense for the student and a more efficient learning process.

Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2006, Cessna delivered 1,239 aircraft, including 307 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $4.2 billion and a backlog of $8.5 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than 189,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country in the world. The global fleet of more than 5,000 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at http://www.cessna.com.

Textron Inc. is an $11 billion multi-industry company operating in 32 countries with approximately 40,000 employees. 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 Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at http://www.textron.com.

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