July 25, 2016

Textron Aviation now offers comprehensive factory-direct training for new piston customers

OSHKOSH, Wis. (July 25, 2016) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture that all Cessna and Beechcraft piston aircraft customers purchasing new aircraft can now receive factory-direct training from a team of experienced instructor pilots specializing in the company’s piston product line.

“This unique training program demonstrates our commitment to the overall ownership experience and provides the most comprehensive and effective model-specific flight training offering for Beechcraft and Cessna piston pilots,” said Doug May, vice president, Piston Aircraft. “Pilots appreciate the professionalism and in-depth knowledge that our industry-leading experts provide.”

The program focuses on transitioning customers into their new aircraft through model-specific ground, simulator and flight training. Various courses are available and range in length from three to five days, depending on aircraft type. Training is conducted on the company’s east campus in Wichita, Kansas in a newly renovated facility housing classroom space and simulators, with direct access to Beech Field.

“This program is another example of our investment strategy at work,” said May. “Our focus is on product development and offering customers value-added services that are unmatched in the industry.”

Image: Beechcraft Bonanza G36

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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 most capable 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, Bad Boy Off Road, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

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