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Cessna takes orders for 30 aircraft at 2011 Sun ‘n Fun

Aviation - 5th April 2011

WICHITA, Kan., April 5, 2011Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, reported today that it secured orders for 30 aircraft at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo that concluded Sunday in Lakeland, Fla.

“The opening days of Sun ‘n Fun were very positive, and while the storm on Thursday interrupted that mood somewhat, the exhibitors and the crowds bounced back to finish the show strong,” said Mark Paolucci, Cessna’s senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. “Cessna took 16 orders for the new Corvalis TTX and 13 orders for high-wing single-engine pistons. Also, a Cessna Sales Team Authorized Representative took an order for a Grand Caravan.”

Launched on the first day of Sun ‘n Fun, the Corvalis TTX features new standard and optional equipment, all-new interior and paint scheme options, and the Intrinzic flight deck powered by the Garmin G2000. The G2000 is the first commercially available touch-screen-controlled glass flight deck ever designed for a piston aircraft offered to the general public.

The debut of the TTX generated steady traffic to Cessna’s static display, where customers could see a mock-up of the newest generation of the world’s fastest commercially available fixed-gear single-engine piston aircraft.

Included in the 30 orders secured at Sun ‘n Fun are five new 172 Skyhawks for the University of North Dakota. The Skyhawks are scheduled for delivery in July and August. The order is part of a multi-year agreement between Cessna and UND’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences to modernize its fleet of single-engine piston aircraft and will bring the training fleet to 63 Skyhawks, the largest single fleet of G1000-equipped Skyhawks in the U.S. UND began its acquisition of new Skyhawks in July 2008.