Cessna Demos New Flight Training Program at AOPA

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 5, 2009 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is demonstrating its new Internet-based flight training software at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) annual convention. The Sport/Private Pilot course is approvable under FAR Part 141 regulations.

The Cessna Flight Training System is available through the global Cessna Pilot Center network of flight schools.

“The new training program is a key component of Cessna’s effort to make flying more accessible and to re-energize pilot training,” said Tom Aniello, Cessna’s vice president of Marketing. “The AOPA convention is the perfect venue to really show off this new tool since these are the people closest to the training environment.”

“This new training program coupled with the anticipated deliveries of Cessna’s new light sport aircraft, the 162 Skycatcher, make this a complete package for anyone who wants to learn to fly,” Aniello said.

The major advantages of the Cessna Flight Training System are that it’s Web-based for maximum customer flexibility, and it incorporates customizable scenarios for maximum instructor flexibility.

The Web-based system keeps track of every aspect of training. The customer can access training materials from any location where they have access to the Internet. And since the program is Web-based, changes and updates can be made instantly, with no replacement materials to distribute.

The Cessna Flight Training System also allows an instructor to customize the program to meet the requirements of the local training environment while not compromising the integrity of the training system.

Cessna Pilot Centers are flight training affiliates that use Cessna’s proprietary training curriculum and Cessna aircraft. There are more than 280 in the United States and around the world, offering customers an array of services including flight training.

More information can be found at www.cessnaflighttraining.com.

Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2008, Cessna delivered 1,301 aircraft, including 467 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5.662 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 192,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 6,000 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.

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.