Touchwood Entertainment Ltd Aviation Academy Raipur Becomes First Cessna Pilot Center in India

January 15, 2008
Wichita, KS - January 15, 2008 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has appointed its first Cessna Pilot Center in India, selecting Touchwood Entertainment Ltd Aviation Academy Raipur.

Cessna Pilot Centers are independently owned and are the only flight schools to use Cessna's integrated computer-based instruction - a unique method of teaching ground school that is easy, thorough and fun. Students using this course complete their private pilot's certificate in an average 54.5 hours, almost 30 percent less than the national average in the United States. All Cessna Pilot Centers operate fully insured, new Cessna 172 aircraft that are currently under factory warranty.

Touchwood Entertainment Ltd operates on a five-acre complex in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India. The 10-year-old company started aviation-related activities in 2004 by offering ground handling services for airlines and private air operators, and it began offering flight training in 2007.

"Aviation in India continues to experience rapid growth, creating both a shortage of pilots and extended demand for business aircraft. The time is right for establishing a first rate training option there," said Brumley Smith, Cessna's director of pilot centers. "Touchwood Aviation Academy has a central location that draws students from all regions of India and offers an experienced staff of former Indian air force instructors training with an all-Cessna fleet. This is an excellent partnership that benefits the people of India."

In addition to the newest center, there are nearly 300 Cessna Pilot Centers in nine countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa and the United States.

About Cessna Aircraft Company
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, some 190,000 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

About Textron Inc.
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

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