Textron Aviation Inc has been awarded a contract by the US Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for the sale of 17 Cessna piston engine aircraft.

The CAP has agreed to purchase 11 Skyhawk 172S, five Skylane 182T and one Turbo Stationair HD T206HD aircraft. The aircraft will join a fleet of nearly 550 Cessna aircraft currently owned and operated by the CAP.

Largest Cessna piston operator

As the Air Force Auxiliary, the CAP performs missions for government agencies, and as a non-profit organisation they also serve states and communities. In fiscal year 2019, the CAP saved 117 lives and flew nearly 96,000 hours in their Cessna piston fleet. Today, the CAP is the world’s largest Cessna piston operator.

Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Missions Sales said: “From search and rescue, to disaster relief and homeland security, the missions the CAP undertake daily are as broad as their footprint across the US. We are honoured that Cessna aircraft continue to be the organisation’s platform of choice for these crucial operations.”

He added: “The Cessna piston aircraft fleet is renowned in general aviation for its operating costs, performance and durability, all important factors for an organisation supporting a variety of communities throughout the country.”

In addition the contract, in 2019, the CAP ordered 19 aircraft of which deliveries have begun, with two Turbo Stationair HD pistons already delivered.
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