January 28, 2016

Cessna announces 2016 Top Hawk university partners

WICHITA, Kan. (Jan. 28, 2016) – Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced the partner universities selected for its 2016 Top Hawk program. Kent State University, LeTourneau University, Purdue University and Westminster College will each take delivery of a new, custom branded Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft in February to support flight training, recruiting efforts and promotional activities at their respective universities throughout the year.

“Textron Aviation is excited to partner with these four leading aviation universities, building on the success from last year’s launch of Top Hawk,” said Doug May, vice president, Piston Aircraft. “These universities are renowned for their innovative aviation programs and commitment to general aviation and will be leveraging the world leading flight trainer, the Cessna Skyhawk, to continue training the next generation of pilots.”

In addition to the aircraft, a top student from each of the four universities will be chosen for a Textron Aviation summer internship. These students will receive valuable exposure beyond flight training to include real world experience from various corporate departments such as sales, marketing, flight operations, integrated supply chain and engineering. 

About the Cessna Skyhawk 172
The Skyhawk is the world standard for pilot training and is renowned for offering the best combination of modern features, including the G1000 avionics system, and proven dependability. More Skyhawks have been delivered to customers around the world than any other type of aircraft, with more than 48,000 delivered since 1955. 

Website: For more information on Top Hawk, please visit http://cessna.txtav.com/tophawk

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About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit txtav.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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

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