Cessna Presents Platinum Awards to Airborne Systems and Pinnacle Aviation Academy

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 awarded its 2010 Platinum Awards to Airborne Systems, Inc. and Pinnacle Aviation Academy for exceptional performance in the Cessna Pilot Center network.

The awards were presented by Cessna Pilot Center Manager Julie Filucci to Vincent Bilisi, vice president and director of Airborne Systems, at the Cessna Pilot Center Seminar in February in Orlando, Fla., and to George McJimsey, president and owner of Pinnacle Aviation Academy, at Pinnacle’s offices in Carlsbad, Calif.

“Airborne Systems and Pinnacle Aviation Academy are two of the most outstanding CPCs in the country,” Filucci said. “The Platinum Award is Cessna's acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication they put forth in everything they do. In particular, both Airborne Systems and Pinnacle surmounted significant challenges in 2010 to earn the respect of their peers.”

Located at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Airborne Systems operates eight Skyhawks, a Skylane, and has a Skycatcher on order. Pinnacle Aviation Academy is located at Palomar Airport, in Carlsbad, Calif., and operates six Skyhawks, a Skylane, and has a Skycatcher on order.

In presenting the Platinum Award, Cessna considers a number of factors in evaluating CPC performance including facilities, training, equipment and general operations.

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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