Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Civil Air Patrol adds six Cessna aircraft to its fleet of nearly 550

Textron Aviation Inc. and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) recently celebrated the delivery of four Cessna Skyhawks, one Cessna Skylane, and one Cessna Turbo Stationair HD aircraft in Independence, Kan. The aircraft will join a fleet of nearly 550 Cessna aircraft currently owned and operated by CAP.

In September, Textron Aviation was awarded a contract by CAP for the acquisition of 15 Cessna piston-engine aircraft. CAP agreed to purchase 14 Skyhawk 172S and one Skylane 182T aircraft.

“From search and rescue to disaster relief and homeland security, the missions CAP undertakes daily are as broad as their footprint across the U.S.,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president of Special Missions Sales at Textron.

As the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, CAP performs missions for government agencies, and as a non-profit organization, it also serves states and communities. In 2022, CAP flew more than 100,000 hours and saved 151 lives. The organization is the world’s largest Cessna piston aircraft operator.