Cessna Introduces New Simulator Program for Flight Training

March 29, 2011

Lakeland, FL – March 29, 2011 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla., it has teamed with King Schools and Redbird Flight Simulations to develop a program that couples guided video instruction and demonstration with simulator activity, giving customers a better overall experience while practicing various maneuvers.

The program, called Guided Independent Flight Training, will launch exclusively to Cessna Pilot Centers and works with the entire line of Redbird simulators. King Schools and Redbird Flight Simulations will begin delivery of GIFT systems to participating Cessna Pilot Centers in May.

A beta version of the GIFT program will be available for demonstration during Sun ’n Fun at the Redbird Flight Simulations exhibit.

“This is another way we are working to lower the time and cost of flight training while exploiting technology to continue to improve the quality of training through our CPC network,” said Julie Filucci, Cessna CPC manager. “Customers get the benefit of lessons on specific maneuvers from John and Martha King to augment their time with their own instructor, then immediately practice in one of Redbird’s high fidelity simulators. Customers choose from an extensive list of maneuvers and are able to fly the maneuvers as many times as they wish, allowing them to perfect their aircraft handling skills at their own pace in the low-cost environment of a simulator.”

All of the maneuvers required for private pilot training will be available to students through the program, such as steep turns, entering traffic patterns, and soft-field takeoffs and landings. Customers choose the topic, watch the Kings demonstrate the maneuver in flight on video, then immediately practice the maneuver in the simulator. The customer also benefits from immediate feedback through the program.

Cessna’s extensive network of more than 250 CPCs around the world was established in 1973. The average time for customers to obtain a private pilot certificate while using Cessna's computer-based instruction training course is only 55 hours. That is approximately 30 percent fewer hours than the national average, resulting in less expense for the customer and a more efficient learning process.

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About Cessna Aircraft Company
Cessna is the world's leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 192,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,100 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2010, Cessna delivered 535 aircraft, including 179 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.6 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at 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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