Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is showcasing its leading piston aircraft at this year’s Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in & Expo scheduled for April 10-15 in Lakeland, Florida. The company is displaying its Beechcraft Baron G58 and Bonanza G36 and Cessna Skylane 182 and Turbo Stationair HD 206 aircraft at the show.
“We’re always excited to interact with the passionate aviators at Sun ‘n Fun who are the backbone and future of general aviation,” said Chris Crow, vice president of Piston Sales. “Time and time again we lead the segment with our trainers and high-performance piston aircraft – a testament to our loyal customers and the strength of the Cessna and Beechcraft brands.”
Textron Aviation is also showcasing a new aftermarket product available through the Textron Aviation Parts Department. The Epic Eagle Head-up Display (HUD) is designed for light general aviation aircraft and minimizes distractions by equipping pilots with flight and navigation information on a full color HD display for enhanced situational awareness. Visitors can see and interact with the HUD in the company’s Skylane 182 demonstrator on static display.
Keeping with the theme of enhanced technology for piston customers, Textron Aviation is launching its online configurator tool for the Turbo Stationair HD. The configurator is an online virtual aircraft generator on the company website that gives prospective aircraft owners a snapshot of their custom aircraft. Customers can choose everything from exterior striping schemes and colors, interior configurations, additional avionics and other features to best meet their mission needs. The aircraft base price and selected options are automatically calculated, and an electronic purchase agreement can be sent on request.
Leading up to the show, Textron Aviation began delivery of the custom-branded Skyhawk 172 aircraft to its Top Hawk university partners. For the 2018 Top Hawk program, Textron Aviation has partnered with Middle Tennessee State University, University of Dubuque, Lewis University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott and California Aeronautical University. The university partners are using their Top Hawk aircraft for flight training, recruitment events and promotional activities throughout the year.
The Textron Aviation Top Hawk program, sponsored by Garmin and Bose, equips students with state-of-the-art resources including the leading flight trainer and most-produced single-engine aircraft of all time – the Cessna Skyhawk 172. The world standard for pilot training, the Skyhawk is renowned for delivering the best combination of modern features, proven dependability and next-generation Garmin G1000 NXi avionics to produce a more connected, efficient and modern cockpit. The aircraft’s high-wing design enables superior flying characteristics ideally suited for pilot training.