WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 28, 2009 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has released its new Cessna Sport/Private Pilot Course to its Cessna Pilot Center network. The training program meets acceptable training standards for private pilot certification under Part 141 by the Federal Aviation Administration.
"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.
"This new training program coupled with the anticipated deliveries of Cessna's new light sport aircraft, the 162 Skycatcher, later this year makes this the 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 customer training and they 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.
Cessna developed the new Sport/Private Pilot Course in association with King Schools of San Diego and released it to Cessna Pilot Centers in September after qualifying it for FAR Part 141 approval.
Cessna is demonstrating its new Internet-based flight training software at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) annual convention.
Cessna today delivered its first Model 162 Skycatcher Light Sport Aircraft during a ceremony at Yingling Aircraft in Wichita, KS.
It has added five flight training organizations to its global network of more than 250 Cessna Pilot Centers.