Cessna 162 Skycatcher Pilot Handbook Now Online

July 26, 2010

Oshkosh, WI – July 26, 2010 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has posted the complete pilot handbook for its new 162 Skycatcher online at www.cessna.com.

“Cessna has produced for the Skycatcher one of the simplest pilot handbooks I’ve ever seen, and I wanted the world to see how easy it is to fly this airplane,” said Jack J. Pelton, Cessna chairman, president and CEO. “For people considering flight lessons at a Cessna Pilot Center, this document will take the mystery out of the process. Putting the manual online is a response to our new customers who prefer electronic access to just about everything and we’re all about making flying fun and easy.”

The handbook provides system descriptions and basic operating parameters. Having it online complements Cessna’s new online Sport/Private Pilot Course available through Cessna Pilot Centers. The Skycatcher POH is also available through the course’s online library. Cessna expects to expand the program to include an instrument rating course in the future.

The new training program is a key component of Cessna’s effort to make flying more accessible and to re-energize pilot training. Another key component is the development of the company’s new light sport aircraft, the 162 Skycatcher, on display at the Cessna exhibit during this week’s Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual week-long conference - AirVenture 2010.

Customers pursuing the sport certificate have access to all parts of the Cessna Sport/Private Pilot Course and can easily move into the private-pilot-only segments of the course when ready. The Web-based system keeps track of every aspect of their training and they can access training materials from any location where they have access to the Internet. And since it is Web-based, changes and updates can be made instantly, with no replacement materials to distribute.

Cessna Pilot Centers are independently owned and operated flight training affiliates that use Cessna’s proprietary training curriculum and Cessna aircraft. There are more than 280 in the United States and around the world, offering customers an array of services including flight training.

Click here to access the Skycatcher POH.

About Cessna Aircraft Company
Cessna is the world's leading general aviation company, based on unit sales, with five major lines of business: Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine turboprops, Cessna single-engine piston aircraft, aftermarket services and lift solutions by CitationAir. In 2009, Cessna delivered 754 aircraft, including 289 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $3.3 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than 192,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 6,000 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.

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