Cessna Launches Online Instrument Pilot Course to Cessna Pilot Centers

July 25, 2011

Oshkosh, WI – July 25, 2011 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, in partnership with King Schools, has developed a new instrument pilot course as the next element of its innovative Cessna Flight Training System designed to enhance safety and increase pilot proficiency while making the learning process easier to manage.

The Web-based instrument training course and updated learning management system, the Cessna Course Tracking Application, will be available through Cessna Pilot Centers later this quarter. Cessna also expects to expand the flight training system to include a commercial pilot course.

The instrument training program joins the Cessna Sport/Private Pilot Course as the foundation of Cessna’s effort to make flying more accessible and to re-energize pilot training.

“The instrument pilot course provides pilots taking the next step in their development with incredible resources at their fingertips. We’ve used the latest training principles, finely honed in the Sport/Private Pilot Course, to ensure that pilots seeking an instrument rating have the best preparation possible for a lifetime of enjoyable cross-country flying,” said Julie Filucci, manager, Cessna Pilot Centers. “We’ve designed our new online Cessna Flight Training System to provide training anytime and anywhere on the customer’s schedule while giving the flight instructor maximum flexibility to adapt the training to the customer’s needs. In the hands of our Cessna Pilot Center network, it has become the training standard of the future.”

Customers pursuing their instrument rating have access to in-depth knowledge sessions and in-the-cockpit flight previews featuring the Cessna 172S with the Garmin G1000. 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 to the course readily, with no replacement materials to distribute.

The Cessna Instrument Pilot Course Kit comes with a host of additional materials, including a folding kneeboard and view-limiting device to assist pilots with their training.

Cessna Pilot Centers are flight training affiliates that use Cessna’s proprietary training curriculum and Cessna aircraft. There are more than 260 in the United States and around the world, offering customers an array of services including flight training.

For more information, go to Cessna.com. Follow Cessna on Twitter at twitter.com/fly_cessna and be a Facebook fan here.

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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