Textron books new Cessna Skyhawk business at Oshkosh

July 28–Textron Aviation wrapped up its time at Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., on Friday with a couple of pieces of new business.

A Florida-based flight school ordered 15 Cessna 172 Skyhawks, while a university-based flight program committed to ordering Cessna planes for the next 6 1/2 years.

The Florida order, deliveries of which are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2017, will expand Jacksonville-based ATP Flight School’s Skyhawk fleet to nearly 130 of the piston, single-engine Skyhawks. Financial terms of the order were not disclosed, though it would be valued at $5.5 million at list prices.

Later on Friday, Wichita-based Textron announced from Oshkosh an agreement with Auburn University in Alabama in which the university committed to purchase “new single-engine non-complex flight training aircraft” only from Textron Aviation through 2024.

The first airplane it will purchase will be a 172 it has been using this year as one of five Top Hawk schools in 2017. The Top Hawk program supports universities with aviation programs and includes a year’s use of a new, custom-branded 172 for flight training, recruiting and promotion.

Financial terms of the agreement, as well as how many airplanes Auburn will purchase, were not disclosed in a news release.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

___ (c)2017 The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) Visit The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) at www.kansas.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

twelve + five =