Cessna Aircraft said Tuesday that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University plans to purchase up to 57 Cessna Skyhawk 172s for its flight program.
Cessna said it will deliver 29 of the single, piston-engine airplanes to the university this year, with the remaining 28 slated for delivery in 2015. The aircraft will replace Embry-Riddle’s fleet of Skyhawks in use at its Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., campuses.
“We are pleased that our longstanding relationship with ERAU will continue with this upgrade to the school’s fleet,” said Joe Hepburn, Cessna’s senior vice president of piston aircraft, in a news release.
Jerry Kidrick, chairman of Embry-Riddle’s flight department in Prescott, said the Skyhawk is the workhorse of its flight department.
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“The aircraft is reliable, tough, forgiving in a learning environment and is a proven design,” Kidrick said in a statement. “A typical student gets the majority of their cumulative flight time in the aircraft at completion of their time with us.”
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cessna said in the release that more than 48,000 172s have been designed, manufactured and delivered since 1955.