Cessna Aircraft Company today announced at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture an order from the U.S. Civil Air Patrol for 19 new aircraft, which includes 17 Cessna Skylane 182Tand two Cessna Turbo Stationair HD T206H aircraft.Civil Air Patrol, a federally chartered non-profit organization, is celebrating 75 years of using civilian aviation resources to help bolster the nation’s defense.
“With a relationship spanning more than 40 years, we are proud that Civil Air Patrol has chosen Cessna Skyhawks, Skylanes and Stationairs to comprise the majority of their 550 aircraft fleet,” said Doug May, vice president, Piston Aircraft.
“As our largest single-engine piston customer, it is a testament to the dependability and versatility of our aircraft that CAP continues to choose Cessna products to fulfill their mission.”
The aircraft, produced at Textron Aviation’s manufacturing facility in Independence, Kansas, are scheduled to be delivered throughout the second half of 2016, replacing older models in Civil Air Patrol’s fleet.
Civil Air Patrol flies more than 98,500 hours annually in support of search-and-rescue operations, disaster relief, homeland security and flight training.