Cessna Granted Organization Delegation Authority By FAA

October 30, 2008
Wichita, KS - October 30, 2008 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been appointed by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Organization Delegation Authority (ODA) for Type Certification (TC) and Production Certification (PC) for Cessna aircraft assembled in Kansas.

The new authority covers all Cessna aircraft assembled in Wichita and Independence, Kansas, and includes the Cessna 172, 182 and 206 model single-engine piston aircraft, the Model 208 Caravan turboprop, and the full line of Citation business jets. Cessna is the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to have TC/PC ODA for both Part 23 and Part 25 aircraft.

“Achieving ODA status is the result of a great deal of work by Cessna and the FAA that shows a commitment both to safety and to efficiency,” said David Brant, Cessna senior vice president, Engineering, whose group administers the ODA process. “FAA rules require that delegated organizations demonstrate a very high level of integrity and experience – high praise for the entire Cessna family designing, producing and supporting our aircraft.”

The appointment is the culmination of a two-year development process by Cessna covering FAA approved processes, quality standards, audits and detailed documentation that gives the company authority to approve type design, produce and license aircraft under FAA regulations for Part 23 and Part 25 type general aviation aircraft. The ODA designation replaces Cessna’s Delegation Option Authority for Part 23 aircraft granted in 1965.

“The FAA has been outstanding to work with through this detailed process,” said Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack. J. Pelton. “I was particularly impressed with the focus and spirit of teamwork from every agency professional working with us.”

About Cessna Aircraft Company
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2007, Cessna delivered 1,272 aircraft, including 387 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5 billion. Cessna has a backlog of $15.6 billion as of September 30, 2008. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 191,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 5,400 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at http://www.cessna.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, 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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