Cessna Aircraft Company has announced that they’ve signed a multi-year agreement with Pan Am International Flight Academy. The agreement, which was announced during the Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS), stipulates that Pan Am will purchase new, non-complex, single engine aircraft for all its primary flight training operations exclusively from Cessna, and will specifically include the manufacturer’s venerable Cessna 172 Skyhawk. As part of the agreement, Cessna will provide Pan Am with service support, parts discount, and training for the aircraft.
Doug May, Cessna’s Vice President of Piston Aircraft, said that Cessna is “thrilled to work with Pan Am International Flight Academy, an industry leader in training support.” He added that the new relationship between the two companies was important, as it would ensure that student pilots would be able to have access to Skyhawks, “the world’s leading training aircraft.“
Mark Johnson, the Executive Vice President for Pan Am International Flight Academy, also expressed enthusiasm for the deal, saying “We are excited to work with Textron Aviation on the establishment of this multi-year agreement, which we consider a key component to the growth of our Career Pilot Academy and demonstrates our commitment to this business as an airline training solutions provider.“
Additional Information on the Pan Am International Flight Academy
Pan Am International Flight Academy, and its subsidiary Pan Am Career Pilot Academy, headquartered in Miami, Florida, provides flight training that is capable of meeting all airline requirements. According to the company, they can provide flight simulation and training for nearly all major aircraft types, and have more than 200 training programs. In addition to pilots, they also provide training for aviation mechanics, flight attendants, and dispatchers.
Additional Information on Cessna and The Skyhawk
Cessna Aircraft Company, founded in 1927 by Clyde Cessna, has become one of the most recognized brands in aviation, with the broad family of Citation jets, and a variety of single-engine piston models, from the humble 152 to the rugged Cessna 180 and 185 Skywagon to the Skylane, Centurion, and Stationair, and twin-engines such as the Cessna 340 and Cessna 421 Golden Eagle still in use by pilots across the country.
The Skyhawk, first introduced in 1956, rapidly became Cessna’s most popular model, and remains not only their most recognized aircraft but also and the best-selling and most widely flown aircraft in aviation. The 172, along with pilots Robert Timm and John Cook, also still holds the flight endurance world record.
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