University of North Dakota Adds to its Skyhawk Training Fleet

March 31, 2011

Lakeland, FL – March 31, 2011 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla., the University of North Dakota has ordered five new 172 Skyhawks to add to its training fleet. The Skyhawks are scheduled for delivery in July and August.

The order is part of a multi-year agreement between Cessna UND's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace) to modernize its fleet of single-engine piston aircraft and will bring the training fleet to 63 Skyhawks, the largest single fleet of G1000-equipped Skyhawks in the U.S.

With more than 2,000 students, UND Aerospace will fly over 125,000 hours of flight training this year. UND Aerospace has one of the nation's largest training fleets with more than 130 aircraft, nine unmanned aerial vehicles and 22 flight training devices. UND began its acquisition of new Skyhawks in July 2008. For more information, visit

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Image 1 – Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton (right) chats with UND Director of Extension Programs Don Dubuque (center) and Michael Gomm (left), manager of fleet propeller sales for Cessna, about UND's training fleet, soon to be at 63 Skyhawks with the addition of five to be delivered later this year.

Image 2 – The teams from Cessna and UND pose for a group shot in front of the Cessna 172 Skyhawk during the Sun'n Fun Fly-In & Expo in Florida. UND ordered five Skyhawks at the show for delivery later this year, bringing their training fleet total to 63 172s.

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