Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with the University of Dubuque, establishing the university’s commitment to purchase new flight training aircraft solely from Textron Aviation through 2026 to modernize its fleet. As part of the new agreement, Textron Aviation will provide product support, parts and training for the university’s new Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft, which will be equipped with the next-generation Garmin G1000 NXi integrated flight deck.
To launch the new relationship, the university has placed an initial order of 11 Skyhawk aircraft and will begin taking delivery in the third quarter.
“As we continue to strengthen our relationships with leading aviation programs, University of Dubuque will play a key role in bringing state-of-the art technology to future aviators,” said Doug May, vice president of Piston Aircraft. “We are thrilled that the university has chosen the world’s leading flight trainer to modernize its fleet and we are excited to work together to advance the future of general aviation.”
University of Dubuque’s Aviation Department provides students with a modernized training experience and the academic and professional tools necessary to be successful upon graduation.
“This purchase completes University of Dubuque’s transition to an all ADS-B 2020 compliant fleet of 23 aircraft,” said Steven Accinelli, director of Aviation Programs at the University of Dubuque. “The Cessna Skyhawk platform provides increased situational awareness, which is critical to flight operations, and the enhanced weather and traffic information is particularly beneficial for new pilots.”
Textron Aviation continues to partner with top aviation programs to support the advancement of general aviation and the modernization of aircraft training fleets.
The Skyhawk is the world standard for pilot training and is renowned for offering the best combination of modern features, including proven dependability and the next-generation Garmin G1000 NXi integrated flight deck that provides a more connected, efficient and modern cockpit. 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 43,000 in service since 1955.