Aug 01, 2017: Textron Aviation Inc., receives order from ATP Flight School for 15 Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft. The announcement was made at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture .With the addition of these aircraft, the school’s training fleet will expand to include nearly 130 Skyhawks.
“We’re thrilled that ATP has chosen the Skyhawk time and time again to train its new pilots,” said Doug May, vice president, Piston Aircraft. “To meet the growing demand for pilots, flight schools need a proven, robust training platform, and that is exactly what the Skyhawk provides. We look forward to continuing to support training programs like ATP and the next generation of pilots.”
Deliveries of the new Skyhawks, integrated with next-generation Garmin G1000 NXi avionics, will begin in the third quarter. ATP's order supplements its 2016 purchase of 15 similarly equipped Skyhawks.
“With demand for airline pilots reaching unprecedented levels, increasing training capacity is vital to ensure a stable pipeline of pilots to the nation’s regional airlines,” said Justin Dennis, vice president, ATP Flight School. “The Skyhawk offers time-tested dispatch reliability. These new aircraft will provide Airline Career Pilot Program students with the platform they need for successful, efficient airline career training.”