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Kansas State places order for 10 Cessna Skyhawk training aircraft

Kansas State University has placed an order for 10 Cessna Skyhawk piston aircraft from Textron Aviation, raising the school's fleet of Skyhawk aircraft to 20. The aircraft will support the university's growing enrollment in its pilot training programs.Deliveries of the new aircraft, which are equipped with the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics system, are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022."Kansas State University has been training future pilots in Cessna Skyhawks since their program's inception in 1987, further demonstrating the strength and capability of the platform and its leadership in pilot training," said Chris Crow, vice president, Piston Sales, Textron Aviation.Textron Aviation has established a long-term relationship with the Kansas State Aerospace and Technology Campus, located in Salina, Kansas. In 2019, the school took delivery of five new Skyhawks in its efforts to continue to modernize its fleet. Kansas State was also one of the first universities to participate in Textron Aviation's Top Hawk program, which provides selected schools with the opportunity to fly a custom-branded Skyhawk for flight training and promotional activities."The addition of these aircraft is a major step toward our vision to meet industry demands by providing students experience from a primary trainer all the way to a business class airplane," said Alysia Starkey, CEO and dean of Kansas State University Salina.
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