|Cessna’s 206 Stationair 6 is one of the seaplanes on display at the Cessna booth. PHOTO BY MARIANO ROSALES
If you pass Cessna Aircraft Co.’s booth at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, you’ll see pretty much everything you’d expect from the world’s largest maker of general-aviation aircraft: star designs like the 172 Skyhawk—of which more have been built than any other design—or the smaller hangar mate, the 162 Skycatcher, as well as other piston models and several of the company’s best-selling Citation jets.
You might also see some aviation stars of the human kind: Ariel Tweto, Luke Hickerson, John Ponts and Doug Stewart, four of the more-frequent faces seen in the aviation series Flying Wild Alaska on the Discovery Channel. The four are scheduled to be at Cessna’s static display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30. While there they will sign autographs and talk about their hit program and the Cessna aircraft that make up part of the fleet of Era Alaska, the airline owned and operated by the Tweto family.
You might also find that one of the five new Cessna Pilot Centers just added are near you.
CPCs are flight-training affiliates that use the new Cessna Flight Training System and Cessna aircraft and offer customers an array of services including flight training.
The new CPS Cessna just added are:
- Indy Flight Training, Indianapolis,
- Light Sport Aviation, Riverside, California
- Freedom Aviation, Lynchburg, Virginia
- Air Orlando Aviation, Orlando, Florida
- ProFlight Aviation Services, San Marcos, Texas
If none of these five is close by, Cessna likely has one in your area with its network of more than 250 other CPCs operating.
And if stay-at-home training suits you best, Cessna just launched an all-new on-line Instrument Pilot Course for aviators ready to take that next smart step forward in their flying education and skills.
Developed in partnership with King Schools, Cessna launched its new instrument pilot course as the next element of its innovative Cessna Flight Training System, which is designed to enhance safety and increase pilot proficiency while making the learning process easier to manage.
“The instrument pilot course provides pilots taking the next step in their development with incredible resources at their fingertips. We’ve used the latest training principles, finely honed in the Sport/Private Pilot Course, to ensure that pilots seeking an instrument rating have the best preparation possible for a lifetime of enjoyable cross-country flying,” said Julie Filucci, manager, Cessna Pilot Centers. “We’ve designed our new online Cessna Flight Training System to provide training anytime and anywhere on the customer’s schedule while giving the flight instructor maximum flexibility to adapt the training to the customer’s needs. In the hands of our Cessna Pilot Center network, it has become the training standard of the future.”
The instrument training program joins the Cessna Sport/Private Pilot Course as the foundation of Cessna’s effort to make flying more accessible and to re-energize pilot training. A Commercial Pilot Course is expected to soon join the company’s expanded array of online training opportunities.