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Cessna Stationair Prototype Made First Flight 15 Years Ago


Hartford, CT – – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, features the model 206T Turbo Stationair at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Hartford. This year marks the 15th anniversary since the 206 prototype’s first flight.

Since its first flight in 1996, the Stationair has been used for a variety of missions by a diverse group of customers including executives and professionals to further their business efforts. A typical Stationair mission may be to travel to a business meeting in neighboring states 2-3 hours away. The Stationair is also used for special missions by law enforcement agencies, can be equipped with water floats by outside suppliers and its large cargo doors are made for hauling supplies and cargo to remote areas of the globe.

“Having the Stationair as part of the Cessna family for 15 years shows its stability, flexibility and all-around usefulness to the pilot community,” said Jeff Umscheid, Cessna 172, 182, 206 business leader. “It’s a sport-utility vehicle; it has high-quality interior features, capability to haul cargo and the durability for those longer trips.”

The Stationair began production in 1964 until all single engine production was halted in 1986. Production was revived in Independence, Kan., following passage of the 1994 U.S. General Aviation Revitalization Act. The first prototype flight was in 1996 and the first customer delivery was in 1998.

Cessna’s Turbo Stationair on static display this week features the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit with integrated Synthetic Vision Technology and dual 10.4 inch LCD screens, a 310 horsepower Lycoming TIO-540-AJ1A engine and a McCauley three-bladed constant speed propeller. The flexible six-seat configuration of the Turbo Stationair has a maximum cruise speed of 178 knots and a maximum range at 27,000 feet of 630 nautical miles.

About Cessna Aircraft Company
Cessna is the world’s leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 192,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,100 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2010, Cessna delivered 535 aircraft, including 179 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.6 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at


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