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Textron Aviation announces 2018 university partners for Top Hawk program

Textron Aviation announces 2018 university partners for Top Hawk program

WICHITA, Kan. (Nov. 16, 2017) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced it has selected the following universities for the 2018 Top Hawk program: Middle Tennessee State University, University of Dubuque, Lewis University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott and California Aeronautical University. Each university will take delivery of a new, custom branded Cessna Skyhawk 172 to support flight training, university recruiting efforts and promotional activities throughout the year.

 “As the Top Hawk program enters its fourth year, we’re proud to build on a program that has allowed us to support general aviation and contribute to the enhancement of student pilot training with the renowned Skyhawk 172 platform,” said Doug May, vice president, Piston Aircraft. “We are eager to begin collaborating with the universities selected for the 2018 Top Hawk program and continue to build relationships with the schools training the next generation of pilots.”

 Textron Aviation works with universities, training organizations and flight schools throughout the world, and the Top Hawk program plays a vital role in the initiative to support the advancement of general aviation and modernization of aircraft training fleets.

 Garmin and Bose will be sponsoring the Top Hawk program again this year by providing several of their industry-leading products. Garmin will provide a G1000 NXi database subscription and a Garmin Pilot subscription, while Bose will provide two A20 Aviation Headsets for each Top Hawk aircraft.

 About the Cessna Skyhawk 172

The Skyhawk platform is the world standard for pilot training and is renowned for offering the best combination of modern features, including the leading Garmin G1000 NXi avionics system with wireless connectivity, a standard Angle-of-Attack display system, and proven dependability. 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 44,000 put into service.


Blue Origin to Bring its Historic, Flown New Shepard Reusable Rocket and Crew Capsule to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017

Blue Origin to Bring its Historic, Flown New Shepard Reusable Rocket and Crew Capsule to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (July 10, 2017) — EAA AirVenture Oshkosh today announced another “Only in Oshkosh” first as it welcomes commercial space company Blue Origin and its historic New Shepard rocket and astronaut crew capsule the week of July 24-30. The exhibit will be one of the main attractions on Boeing Plaza during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 65th annual fly-in convention at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

“EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has always showcased innovation, imagination, and achievement in flight, which makes Blue Origin’s presence at Oshkosh an excellent fit,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman. “As we salute the accomplishments of the Apollo program this year at AirVenture, it is also fitting that we welcome an organization that is developing the next step in the future of manned spaceflight.”

On Nov. 23, 2015, New Shepard became the first rocket to ascend above the Karman line and successfully return to Earth for a vertical landing. The same booster made four subsequent flights in 2016—on Jan. 22, April 2, June 19 and Oct. 5—successfully demonstrating the reuse of a rocket for the first time. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh attendees will get an up-close look at the historic rocket.

In addition, Blue Origin’s exhibit will feature a 1:1 mockup of New Shepard’s astronaut crew capsule, which has seating for six people. AirVenture guests will be able to climb inside, recline in flight-ready seats and experience a simulated flight to space created with real mission footage from New Shepard’s on board cameras. The crew capsule features the largest windows in spacecraft history, which take up more than one-third of the capsule’s surface area offering every astronaut stellar views during flight.

“We are very excited to come to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 and showcase our reusable New Shepard rocket and crew capsule so everyone can experience what it’s like to be an astronaut,” said Rob Meyerson, president of Blue Origin. “We hope to inspire the explorers of tomorrow, the ones who will help us achieve Blue Origin’s goal of millions of people living and working in space.”

In honor of EAA’s Space Day on July 28, Blue Origin will give away branded merchandise to the first 1,000 visitors to the exhibit on Boeing Plaza beginning at 12:30 p.m.

About Blue Origin

Blue Origin, LLC (Blue Origin) is a private company developing vehicles and technologies to enable commercial human space transportation. Blue Origin has a long-term vision of greatly increasing the number of people that fly into space so that we humans can better continue exploring the solar system. For more information and a list of job openings, please visit us at

About EAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is a growing and diverse community of more than 200,000 aviation enthusiasts who promote and support recreational flying. Founded in 1953 by a group of individuals who were interested in building their own airplanes, EAA expanded its mission of growing participation in aviation to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters, and contemporary manufactured aircraft. The organization is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and hosts the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention every July. For more information,

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. It annually attracts 500,000 visitors from more than 70 nations and in excess of 10,000 aircraft to the weeklong event. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at

Ready, Set, Shop… All Week long at Sporty’s Tent at EAA AirVenture

Ready, Set, Shop… All Week long at Sporty’s Tent at EAA AirVenture

Batavia moves to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture week when Sporty’s Pilot Shop sets up business in its traditional 1600-square foot tent outside Hangar B in Outdoor Space #260. This year, Sporty’s presence will be augmented with an indoor booth, devoted to Stratus, located across from ForeFlight in Hangar C, Booth #3147.

“Sporty’s big tent gives everyone some elbow room to touch, hold, try on and examine the multitude of Sporty’s products on display,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “We’ve created an interactive buying experience where pilots and aviation buffs can see our products up close and not just view them on a catalog or web page. Plus, we try to make our tent a fun place to be.”

Staffed by Sporty’s experts as well as by manufacturer’s reps who have made themselves available to answer questions, Sporty’s tent has another function this year. The tent will display on-going bids of Sporty’s auction for a Cirrus Vision Jet, with anything bid over list price going to charity. The auction opens on Sunday, July 23, 2017, and closes for bidding at 12 noon on Friday, July 28, 2017.

“For us, AirVenture is like a family reunion where we see our long-time customers and meet the new ones,” says Zimmerman. “Our customers are active pilots and aircraft owners and that makes them experts as well, so we welcome the feedback we get at Oshkosh.”

Sporty’s Hosts Forums, Too

Tuesday, July 25

1:00 p.m.

Straight Talk on ADS-B with John Zimmerman

Forum 8

Friday, July 28

11:30 a.m.

Fly like a Pro with Your iPad with Bret Koebbe

Forum 10

“Of course, we have some special pricing planned for AirVenture week,” adds Zimmerman. “The Sporty’s tent will be rocking all week long with shopping action!”

About Sporty's

Now in its 55th year, Sporty's has grown from a one-man operation launched by Hal Shevers to the world's largest pilot shop and an iconic general aviation brand. Sporty's operations extend to airport management, avionics installation and repair, aircraft maintenance, a residential airport community, new aircraft sales and flight training, including for the University of Cincinnati's professional pilot program. Located at Clermont County/Sporty's Airport (I69), Sporty's is philanthropically dedicated to expanding the general aviation community with both pilots and skilled technicians.

SAIB CE-17-16

FAA SUMMARY: This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerts owners, operators, maintenance technicians, and inspectors of an airworthiness concern on Textron Aviation Inc. (Cessna Aircraft Company) Models 172RG, R182, TR182, FR182, and all variants of 210/T210/P210-series airplanes with the exception of the Models 210 and 210A airplanes. The intent is to emphasize the importance of the inspection of main landing gear actuator assemblies following Textron Aviation Inc. supplemental inspection documents (SIDs) applicable to each model to prevent malfunctions related to gear extension and retraction.

AD 2017-10-09

FAA SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Textron Aviation Inc. Models 402C and 414A airplanes (type certificate previously held by Cessna Aircraft Company). This AD requires inspecting the nacelle fittings for cracks, replacing if necessary, and reporting the results of the inspection to the FAA. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks found on certain nacelle fittings. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

AD 2017-11-11

FAA SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for NavWorx, Inc. (NavWorx), Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Universal Access Transceiver Units (unit). This AD requires removing, disabling, or modifying the ADS-B unit. This AD was prompted by a design change that results in the unit communicating unreliable position information. The actions in this AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products.