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

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