May 8, 2015

Textron Aviation hosts inaugural joint customer conference for Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker owners

WICHITA, Kan. (May 8, 2015) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, welcomed more than 500 Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker aircraft operators together for the first time at the Textron Aviation Customer Conference last week in Wichita. This was the first joint customer conference since the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands combined last year.

“The inaugural joint customer conference provided us a great opportunity to showcase the customer benefits of the integration of these three storied brands through the sharing of company knowledge and customer experiences across the fleet,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service. “The conference also provides an important forum for us to hear firsthand from our operators. We greatly value this feedback, which always plays a role in future products and services we offer.”

Throughout the two day event, customers had access to Textron Aviation leaders and attended a variety of seminars from subject matter experts and numerous supplier representatives on nearly every aspect of aircraft maintenance and operation. Conference seminars were grouped either by aircraft model or by general aviation topic, such as new products, fleet operations, airspace management, international operations or other general interest topics.

Suppliers exhibited technologies and services for aircraft across the entire turboprop and jet product range. Attendees were also offered tours of the various Textron Aviation facilities throughout Wichita, as well as given access to the full turboprop and jet product line – including the new Citation Latitude.

Throughout the remainder of 2015, Textron Aviation will be hosting additional operator forums in Europe, Asia and South America for customers based in those regions.

Textron Aviation Service

Textron Aviation, through its Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, is renowned for its unrivaled global service network dedicated to complete life-cycle support. Textron Aviation’s business jet and turboprop aircraft product support organization includes a worldwide network of authorized service centers and 21 company-owned facilities with thousands of expert service engineers offering maintenance, inspections, parts, repairs, avionic upgrades, equipment installations, refurbishments and other specialized services. Textron Aviation also offers Airespond, a mobile service program featuring more than 60 mobile service units, support aircraft, and on-site service technicians and support.

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About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic 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

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, and Textron Systems. For more information visit:

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