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Cessna Strengthens Cessna Pilot Center Network in India

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Cessna Strengthens Cessna Pilot Center Network in India

PressMediaWire.com (Press Release Distribution) – Apr 03,2009 –

Wichita, KS – April 2, 2009 � Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has appointed its third Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) in India by selecting Chimes Aviation Academy in Sagar in central India at the Dhana Airport (ICAO: VA1J).

“Demand for aviation in India continues to grow, even during these tough global economic times,” said Julie Filucci, Cessna’s manager for Cessna Pilot Centers. “Chimes Aviation Academy is a world-class training facility with a team of talented aviation specialists that will work well with Cessna’s exclusive training curriculum.”

“We aim to create a world-class, global-scale pilot training academy,” said Uday Punj, director of Chimes Aviation Pvt. Ltd. “We are driving a culture of excellence in all facets of flight training, beginning with our fleet of brand-new single-engine Cessna 172 aircraft with Garmin G1000 integrated class cockpits. With our appointment as a Cessna Pilot Center, Chimes Aviation Academy is poised toward redefining the paradigm of pilot training in India. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with Cessna Aircraft Company in achieving our aim of imparting safe and comprehensive flying training and providing the highest quality of service to our customers.”

Chimes Aviation Academy is the third CPC established in India, following the appointment of Amber Aviation in Uttrakhand and Touchwood Aviation Academy in Raipur in 2008. There are nearly 280 Cessna Pilot Centers in nine countries, including Australia, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa and the United States.

Cessna Pilot Centers are independently owned and are the only flight schools to use Cessna’s integrated computer-based instruction.

About Cessna Aircraft Company
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. Cessna has a backlog of $14.5 billion as of December 31, 2008. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 192,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 5,700 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at https://www.cessna.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a $14.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 28 countries with approximately 42,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, 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, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.

Forward-looking Information: Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements and speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including but not limited to the following: changes in worldwide economic and political conditions that impact demand for our products, interest rates and foreign exchange rates; the interruption of production at our facilities or at our suppliers’ facilities; the timing of new product launches and certifications of new aircraft products; the occurrence of slowdowns or downturns in customer markets in which our products are sold or supplied; changes in aircraft delivery schedules or cancellation of orders; the launching of significant new products or programs which could result in unanticipated expenses; changes in national or international government policies on the export and import of commercial products; and bankruptcy or other financial problems at major suppliers that could cause disruptions in our supply chain.

SOURCE: The Textron Company

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