ATP Flight School Grows Fleet Orders 10 Skyhawks from Textron Aviation
Oshkosh, WI — July 27, 2018
Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2018 that longtime customer ATP Flight School has placed an order for 10 Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft – growing the school's fleet of Skyhawk pistons to nearly 150 – of which 50 aircraft Textron Aviation has delivered new since 2016 – and further securing the Skyhawk's reputation as the world's premier flight trainer.
"Renowned for its proven dependability, superior flight characteristics and modern technology, the Cessna Skyhawk has long been revered as the world's flight trainer of choice, a testament to Textron Aviation's expertise and support of training the next generation of pilots," said Rob Scholl, Textron Aviation Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "As ATP continues to grow its fleet to train the next generation of pilots, this order underscores the relevance of the time-tested Skyhawk platform and ATP's unwavering confidence in Textron Aviation as a trusted partner."
The 10 Skyhawks ordered feature Garmin G1000 NXi avionics with autopilot technology that complies with the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) recently implemented Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) rule. Under this rule, students can exclusively train in the Cessna Skyhawk to complete their commercial rating, as well as fly the aircraft for checkrides for both their commercial and certified flight instructor (CFI) ratings.
"We are proud to continue our investment in our students' careers, providing greater access to safe and reliable aircraft."
"The success of our students and instructors is paramount," said ATP president, Justin Dennis. "As the largest supplier of pilots to regional airlines, we are proud to continue our investment in our students' careers, providing greater access to safe and reliable aircraft."
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About the Cessna Skyhawk 172
The Skyhawk platform is the world standard for pilot training and is renowned for offering the best combination of modern features, including the leading Garmin G1000 NXi avionics system with wireless connectivity, a standard Angle-of-Attack display system, and proven dependability. The aircraft’s high-wing design enables superior flying characteristics ideally suited for pilot training. More Skyhawks have been delivered to customers around the world than any other type of aircraft, with more than 44,000 put into service.
About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation brands represent unrivaled innovation, performance and leadership in the industry, and offer an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total ownership experience. Leveraging unparalleled speed-to-market, Textron Aviation provides the most versatile and comprehensive business and general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft and a complete global customer service organization. Textron Aviation has delivered more than 250,000 aircraft in over 143 countries. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s most capable global service network. For more information, visit www.txtav.com.
About ATP Flight School – Training Pilots Since 1984
ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program prepares pilots for airline careers from zero time to 1,500 hours, with CFI jobs and airline employment. Addressing the pilot shortage, airlines attract new pilots to the industry with ATP's Tuition Reimbursement Program, where airlines sponsor a portion of pilots' flight training loan repayment. ATP also provides type-rating and ATP CTP certification. ATP's 320-plus aircraft fly 261,000 hours annually to provide over 6,800 FAA pilot certificates each year. As America's largest flight school, ATP is the leading supplier of professionally trained pilots to the nation's regional airlines.