Cessna Skycatcher Makes European Debut at Cannes

June 09, 2011

Cannes, France – June 9, 2011 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today debuted its Model 162 Skycatcher light sport aircraft in Europe. The introduction took place at the Cannes (France) AirShow 2011 which begins today and runs through June 11.

"The light sport sector is critically important to Europe in terms of supporting general aviation and stimulating new pilot starts," said Pana Poulios, Cessna's European sales director. "Cannes is just the beginning of a Skycatcher European tour that will include training sessions with pilots in our extensive dealer network."

From Cannes, the Skycatcher will make appearances at airshows throughout Europe, including Tannkosh 2011 (Germany, August 26-28) and the Air Expo Zell (Austria, September 3-4).

Cessna has received orders for more than 1,000 Skycatchers, 300 of which are from European customers.

The Skycatcher, announced in 2007, is Cessna's entry in the popular light sport aircraft category. The aircraft features the Garmin G300 avionics suite and a Teledyne Continental O200D engine. The two-seat, single-engine aircraft has a maximum speed of 118 knots with a maximum range of 470 nautical miles.

Designed as a low-cost flight trainer, Skycatchers have already been delivered to many Cessna Pilot Centers around the U.S. The first international delivery, to a customer in Australia, took place in March 2011 and more international deliveries are slated for later this year

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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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