Cessna’s Citation CJ4 On Track for FAA Certification

May 12, 2009
Geneva, Switzerland - May 12, 2009 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it is on track to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification on the Citation CJ4 by the end of the year.

“We’re pleased with the progress we’re making on the CJ4,” said CJ4 Program Manager Norm Baker. “Structural certification is well underway including the completion of five lifetimes on the fatigue test article. Development testing has been progressing on schedule, and we expect to begin certification testing later this month.”

“Production line flow has started with production units 003, 004, 005 and 006 in various stages of assembly,” Baker said.

There are currently three aircraft that have accumulated more than 760 flight hours in the test and certification program.

Configurable for seven to eight passengers in the main cabin, the CJ4 is expected to have a maximum speed of 806 kilometers per hour (435 knots), a full fuel payload of 453 kilograms (1,000 pounds) and maximum payload of 952 kilograms (2,100 pounds). It will be certified for operations up to 13,700 meters (45,000 feet).

The aircraft will debut the new Williams International FJ44-4A electronically controlled (FADEC) engines and will feature the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and Venue, the next generation cabin management system. All current production Citations employ new generation turbofan engines, which meet or exceed the most stringent noise requirements and allow Cessna’s line of business jets to be among the most fuel efficient jets in the industry.

Following FAA certification Cessna plans to begin customer deliveries in the first half of 2010. Concurrently, Cessna is working toward European Aviation Safety Agency certification.

About Cessna Aircraft Company
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2008, Cessna delivered 1,301 aircraft, including 467 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5.662 billion. Cessna has a backlog of $13 billion as of March 31, 2009. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 192,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 5,700 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, 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, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

Forward-looking Information: Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements and speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including but not limited to the following: [a] changes in worldwide economic and political conditions that impact demand for our products, interest rates and foreign exchange rates; [b] the interruption of production at our facilities or at our suppliers’ facilities; [c] the timing of new product launches and certifications of new aircraft products; [d] the occurrence of slowdowns or downturns in customer markets in which our products are sold or supplied; [e] changes in aircraft delivery schedules or cancellation of orders; [f] the launching of significant new products or programs which could result in unanticipated expenses; [g] changes in national or international government policies on the export and import of commercial products; and [h] bankruptcy or other financial problems at major suppliers that could cause disruptions in our supply chain.

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