Cessna Offers Citation Flight Planning App for iPad

July 18, 2011

Wichita, KS – July 18, 2011 – Operators of Cessna Citation aircraft can now accomplish full flight planning on Apple iPads using iPreFlight available from Aircraft Performance Group. The announcement was made today by Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

"This development is the very latest improvement in meeting Citation customer requirements for technology advancements," said Kelly Reich, vice president of product support for Cessna's Customer Service organization. "We have been pleased to partner with Aircraft Performance Group (APG) to make this happen quickly for more than 6,000 Citation owners who can now use the application to make their daily flight planning."

The app features real-time METARs and winds aloft, graphical weather, routing, graphical weight & balance, a worldwide database, flight planning, Runway Analysis Max Payload Estimator (MPE) and many other features. iPreFlight will also feature takeoff and landing performance derived from Cessna's Citation Performance Calculator (CPCalc), part of the CESNAV package. This will offer iPreFlight users improved planning capability in the field.

This enhanced capability will be phased in for all Citation models for which CPCalc is available. Classic aircraft that do not have CPCalc can still use the application through tabular, AFM data. APG's central server will process all calculations and upload PDF releases for flight planning, performance, and weight & balance, which can be printed, emailed and shared with other electronic devices.

Flight performance calculations are not performed on the iPad itself. All calculations are completed on the vendor's server, which means Internet access is required. The Internet service network can be either WiFi or 3G. The app is available through the Apple Store and requires a yearly per-aircraft subscription from APG. APG is providing a six-month free subscription to existing CESNAV customers and those taking delivery of new Cessna Citations.

Customers interested in iPreFlight should contact APG at (313) 539-0410 ext. 1 to have their aircraft set up. More info is available at flyapg.com.

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APG iPreFlite tools screen

APG iPreFlite book screen

APG iPreFlite payload screen

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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