Cessna have announced an order from the U.S. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for 21 new Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft.
“The men and women of the CAP are involved in search-and-rescue operations, disaster relief, flight training, youth development and in promoting aviation throughout the country. We are proud to provide them aircraft in support of their mission,” said Joe Hepburn, senior vice president, Piston Aircraft.
The CAP operates a fleet of 550 aircraft, most of which are Skyhawks and Cessna Skylane 182 piston aircraft.
“Cessna is one of our most valued partners,” said Don Rowland, chief operating officer of Civil Air Patrol. “Flying high wing aircraft is very helpful for CAP especially in conducting photo reconnaissance flights for emergency service providers in the aftermath of disasters, and the Skyhawk and Skylane are perfectly suited for our needs.”
The Skyhawks, produced in Independence, Kansas will be delivered throughout the first half of 2015, replacing older models in CAP’s fleet.