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Textron Aviation recognized as industry leader for in-flight connectivity upgrade

WICHITA, Kan. (March 26, 2019) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, was recognized for its expertise in installing connectivity systems today when the company accepted the 51,500 Five award as a 2018 Dealer of the Year from Gogo Business Aviation – the company’s highest honor – at the 62nd annual Aircraft Electronics Association Convention. Textron Aviation continues to be one of Gogo’s top aftermarket partners with Gogo AVANCE system installations, recently achieving its 80th install since the system was released in 2017. 

“Our customers use their aircraft to improve their productivity, schedule or bottom line,” said Kriya Shortt, Textron Aviation senior vice president, Global Customer Support. “Developing optimal solutions to install connectivity systems across a range of Textron Aviation products is one more way we have supported our customers in connecting with what matters – their work, loved ones and cherished pursuits.” 

Textron Aviation has developed Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for the Gogo AVANCE L5 system for the Cessna Citation X, Citation Sovereign, and Citation XL/XLS/XLS+. The STCs cover the Wi-Fi certification and full equipment and antenna installation required to provide in-flight connectivity. The company has developed and is awaiting approval on the STCs for the Cessna Citation Latitude, Citation Sovereign+ and Citation X+.

Gogo AVANCE L5 provides broadband internet for high-bandwidth activities such as streaming music, TV and movies, video conferencing and attachments with large files on demand. While passengers stay entertained in the cabin, crew members can operate more efficiently using their favorite flight apps. Customers should contact their regional Textron Aviation aftermarket sales representative to confirm what options are available for their aircraft. 

About Textron Aviation Service 
Textron Aviation offers factory-direct service and support throughout their entire ownership experience. Through a global network staffed with more than 3,000 employees, customers have direct access to a team of expert service representatives offering maintenance, inspections, parts, repairs, avionic upgrades, equipment installations, refurbishments and other specialized services. Textron Aviation manages a growing fleet of more than 60 mobile service units (MSU) and rapid response aircraft that can be mobilized to respond to maintenance events by contacting 1CALL, a team of AOG specialists providing prioritized service and support during unscheduled maintenance events. 

About Textron Aviation Inc. 
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation brands represent unrivaled innovation, performance and leadership in the industry, and offer an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total ownership experience. Leveraging unparalleled speed-to-market, Textron Aviation provides the most versatile and comprehensive business and general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft and a complete global customer service organization. Textron Aviation has delivered more than 250,000 aircraft in over 143 countries. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s most capable global service network. For more information, visit www.txtav.com  

About Textron Inc. 
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit: www.textron.com  

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