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Cessna Displaying two Skyhawks from Top Hawk Program

By Megan Esau and Nicole Kiefert

July 21, 2015 - Cessna is showcasing two Cessna Skyhawk aircraft from Kansas State University and the University of North Dakota this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

Through Cessna’s Top Hawk Program UND, Kansas State, Liberty University, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University were all provided with a Cessna 172 for flight training, recruiting, and promotional activities.

Two Skyhawks were also dedicated to a flight-training initiative that offers an internship to the top student from each partner school.

“Training the next generation of pilots remains critical to the success of business and general aviation, and Textron Aviation is committed to providing the resources to support that effort,” said Piston Aircraft Vice President Doug May.

The Top Hawk Skyhawks have been employed by the schools for a number of events, from air shows to job fairs to Young Eagles events, and are on track to surpass 1,300 flight hours.

There have been more than 48,000 Skyhawks built since 1955.

The Garmin G1000 avionics and dependability are just some of the helpful features of this plane, which some call the world standard for pilot training.

“Between the universities’ impressive Skyhawk utilization efforts and the solid performance of the Textron Aviation interns, Top Hawk is proving to be a successful tool in training the next generation of pilots and promoting general aviation across the country,” May said.
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