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Iowa university to buy 11 new Cessna Skyhawk airplanes

The University of Dubuque’s aviation department is purchasing 11 new Cessna Skyhawk 172s as part of a new, 10-year agreement with Textron Aviation.
The University of Dubuque’s aviation department is purchasing 11 new Cessna Skyhawk 172s as part of a new, 10-year agreement with Textron Aviation. Courtesy photo

An Iowa university’s aviation department has signed a 10-year agreement with Textron Aviation that includes an initial order for 11 Cessna Skyhawk 172 airplanes.

Terms of the agreement include the University of Dubuque’s purchase of aircraft solely from Wichita-based Textron through 2026, according to a news release Tuesday from the parent of Beechcraft and Cessna. Textron didn’t disclose the value of the deal, though the initial airplane order would be valued at a little more than $4 million at list prices.

Textron also will provide product support, parts and training for the university aviation department’s new Skyhawk single-piston engine airplanes, manufactured at the company’s Independence, Kan., plant.

A university official said the initial purchase, deliveries of which will begin in the third quarter of 2017, helps the program complete a fleet of 23 airplanes that will be equipped with GPS-based identification technology known as ADS-B Out, or automatic dependent surveillance broadcast.

The new Skyhawks are equipped with the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck manufactured by Olathe-based Garmin, which complies with the Federal Aviation Administration’s rule requiring ADS-B Out on all aircraft operating in U.S. airspace by Jan. 1, 2020.

“The Cessna Skyhawk platform provides increased situational awareness, which is critical to flight operations, and the enhanced weather and traffic information is particularly beneficial for new pilots,” Steven Accinelli, the university’s director of aviation programs, said in the release.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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