Textron Aviation announced two orders this week for a total of 30 of its Cessna piston monos.
Twenty Cessna 172 Skyhawks will go to Sichuan Longhao Flight Training in China. It will use the high-wing planes, which will be delivered throughout 2022, for primary pilot training in southwest and central China. According to Textron Aviation, China is experiencing growth in its pilot ranks due to government efforts to accelerate pilot training and development. Fourteen Skyhawks, three simulators and a Citation M2 make up the school’s current fleet.
“We are delighted to be a part of efforts in China to train new generations of pilots and promote common aviation development,” said Mike Shih, vice president of sales and strategy for Textron Aviation in China.
An order for 10 more Skyhawks has also come from Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus, which will bring the school’s fleet to 20 Skyhawks as pilot training enrollments increase. Deliveries are expected to start in the first quarter of next year. “The addition of these aircraft is a major step towards our vision of meeting industry demands by providing students with an experience ranging from a head coach to a business class aircraft,” said Dean and CEO of K-State Salina, Alysia Starkey.