Cessna’s New Light Sport Aircraft Mixes Proven Technology with Innovation

July 22, 2007
Oshkosh, WI - July 22, 2007 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, brings a combination of experience and innovation to the Light Sport Aircraft market with the introduction of its new Model 162 SkyCatcher, launched today at the opening of the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual week-long conference – AirVenture 2007.

“We set out to develop an aircraft worthy of the Cessna name,” said Jack J. Pelton, Cessna chairman, president and CEO. “We have had more voice-of-the-customer input into the design of this aircraft than anything we've done in the past, and that has led to some very innovative features such as the uniquely designed dual control sticks.”

The control stick design provides straight stick functionality and feel, while allowing easy access to pilot and co-pilot seats. It is the first control stick airplane designed by Cessna since the Model 188 in 1965.

Other features incorporated in the Cessna LSA include electric elevator trim and mechanical flaps. Cessna also opted for a fixed-seat/adjustable rudder pedal design. Front seats pivot forward allowing easy access to rear baggage space through cabin doors on both sides of the fuselage. Many of the design elements were based on market preferences. The Teledyne Continental O-200D engine was a clear customer preference because of its advantages in operations, warranty and maintenance. The engine is air-cooled and has a greater mean-time-between-overhaul period than other engines considered, and it demonstrated a lower operating cost.

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 almost 5,000 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at 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 www.textron.com.

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