Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced it is showcasing two of the Top Hawk-branded Cessna Skyhawk aircraft at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture this week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The featured aircraft are from Kansas State University and the University of North Dakota.
Launched earlier this year, the four Top Hawk partner schools – University of North Dakota, Kansas State University, Liberty University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University were provided full use of a branded Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft for the year. The universities are using the aircraft for flight training, recruiting and promotional activities across the United States. In addition, the company also dedicated two additional Skyhawks to a flight training initiative that offers a unique internship opportunity for the top student from each respective partner school. The students chosen for the internship have been supporting flight training as a part of the competition to be named “Top Hawk.”
“The Top Hawk program has far exceeded our expectations in its inaugural year,” said Doug May, vice president, Piston Aircraft. “Between the universities’ impressive Skyhawk utilization efforts and the solid performance of the Textron Aviation interns, Top Hawk is proving to be a successful tool in training the next generation of pilots and promoting general aviation across the country.”
2015 Top Hawk program highlights
On track to exceed 1,300 flight hours, the Top Hawk Skyhawks have been utilized for a variety of efforts.
“Training the next generation of pilots remains critical to the success of business and general aviation, and Textron Aviation is committed to providing the resources to support that effort,” said May.
Date: Jul 21, 2015