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Cessna Continues Development on Next Generation Piston Concept


Oshkosh, Wis.– Engineers at Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, continue to refine the details of the next generation piston (NGP) proof-of-concept aircraft on display at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

“We are collecting performance data from several aerodynamic modifications, and are continuing to refine the aircraft design,” said Van Abel, project engineer for the NGP.

Cessna is also continuing to assess the business case for the NGP.

The NGP proof-of-concept (POC) made its debut at last year’s AirVenture with a surprise fly-by during the show. The POC incorporates a higher percentage of composite materials than Cessna’s traditional aircraft. It is likely that the final configuration would be a hybrid of composite and aluminum to optimize the available technology.

The interior design is being evaluated with a human factors mockup. The combination of developments from the proof-of-concept aircraft and the human factors mockup will define what the production plane would look like if the project were to move forward. No performance data or specifications will be released until Cessna has made a final decision on the NGP program. The company expects to make this decision by the end of this year.


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