Epic Flight Academy Expands Training Fleet with Cessna Skyhawk
Textron Aviation announces an agreement with long-term customer Epic Flight Academy at the 2023 Sun n’ Fun Aerospace Expo for an order of 15 new Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft. As a Cessna Pilot Center, Epic Flight Academy has been training pilots since 1999, with thousands of students from over 80 countries graduated from the flight school.
The Cessna Skyhawk, designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is Epic’s exclusive single-engine aircraft, with a total fleet of 43 ordered since 2016. The new aircraft will supplement and expand Epic Flight Academy’s current fleet, based at New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport in Florida.
“The Cessna Skyhawk has been one of the world’s top training aircraft for over six decades,” says Chris Crow, vice president, Textron Aviation Piston Sales. “We are thrilled to see these aircraft continue to inspire the next generation of professional pilots through this agreement with Epic Flight Academy.”
The stable flight characteristics, advanced avionics, and proven dispatch reliability of the Skyhawk have made it a dependable training platform for Epic. The new airplanes will be used exclusively by students.
"At Epic, our motto has always been ‘Safety first!’ This is why we train our pilots in the Cessna Skyhawk,” says Danny Perna, founder and CEO, Epic Flight Academy. “This aircraft proves itself with every flight and prepares our students for a successful career. We can't wait to take delivery and expand our fleet."
Since the aircraft first took to the sky, more than 45,000 Skyhawks have been delivered to customers worldwide — more than any other aircraft in the industry.
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