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Cessna Hosts Its First-Ever Flight Instructor Safety Stand Down

Aviation - 21st April 2009

LAKELAND, Fla., April 21, 2009 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., it is nearing approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to host a flight instructor safety stand down, a first for any aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

“Cessna’s stand down is a training seminar designed for flight instructors, flight instructor candidates and commercial pilots who may have an interest in becoming flight instructors,” said Will Dirks, Cessna’s vice president of Flight Operations. “The course serves as an all-inclusive training event for several mandated recurrent courses with an emphasis on using new technology to enhance aviation safety. The course will also serve as a flight instructor refresher clinic. The 18-hour course was designed by Cessna flight instructors who have considerable knowledge and experience in this area.”

The first-ever Cessna Flight Instructor Safety Stand Down is scheduled for May 30-31 in St. Louis, Mo. Instructors are encouraged to preview some of the course content at this year’s Sun ’n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., during the educational forums held in Tent 9 on Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. and Wednesday, April 22 at 9 a.m.

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