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Cessna and Thielert Team to Offer Skyhawk Turbo Diesel Option

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots.CorporateNews transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- air transport Hartford (USA)/Hamburg (Germany) (euro adhoc) - After an extensive market survey and flight test, Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it will offer the Thielert (FSE: T3C) turbo diesel engine in its Skyhawk 172S aircraft with deliveries set to begin in mid-2008. The Skyhawk TD (turbo diesel) will feature a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) equipped Thielert Centurion 2.0s liter engine. The DOHC (double overhead camshaft) in-line four-cylinder turbocharged engine develops 155 horsepower, is certified to operate on Jet-A fuel, is liquid cooled and drives a composite three-blade constant speed propeller. "The Skyhawk is already the best-selling, most-flown airplane ever with more than 43,000 delivered, and this option further expands the market due to the worldwide availability of Jet-A fuel," said John Doman, Cessna vice president of worldwide propeller aircraft sales. Thielert has a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Skyhawk, allowing Cessna to offer a factory-installed Thielert engine. The engine features low specific fuel consumption, electronic engine control systems and improved hot-and-high engine performance. "With the Skyhawk TD, we will incorporate standard aircraft design changes to ensure simple installation and full STC integration," Doman said. "Pilots will enjoy a number of benefits in addition to lower fuel cost, such as simplified engine management and exceptional reliability." With increased range and endurance, the Skyhawk TD will offer an ideal solution for special mission applications like flight training, forestry patrol, wildlife conservation efforts, pipeline/power line patrol, traffic reporting and airborne law enforcement. Cessna and Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH made the announcement today at the annual Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Expo, running Oct. 4-6 in Hartford, Conn. At the static display at Hartford-Brainard Airport, Cessna features the Skyhawk TD, Skylane, Stationair, Grand Caravan, Citation Mustang and Citation CJ2+. In the exhibit hall, Cessna showcases a mock-up of the SkyCatcher. About Thielert Group: The Thielert Group, established in 1989, is the world's leading supplier of certified kerosene/diesel piston aircraft engines for General Aviation. As a certified aviation development, manufacturing and maintenance business, Thielert AG was the first company to gain approval for a kerosene piston engine. The kerosene engines in the CENTURION family reduce immediate flight costs by up to 60 percent, compared with the aircraft engines in widespread use today. In addition to which, the company has been producing components for high-performance engines for more than 17 years, as well as digital engine management systems. It develops production strategies for engine components and complete engine adaptations for automotive, defense and the aviation industry. The company employs over 350 people at its plants in Lichtenstein/Saxony, Altenburg, Hamburg as well as Coppell/USA. About Cessna: Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2006, Cessna delivered 1,239 aircraft, including 307 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $4.2 billion. Cessna has a current backlog of $11 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 190,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country in the world. The global fleet of more than 5,000 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com. Textron Inc. is an $11 billion multi-industry company operating in 32 countries with approximately 40,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, 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 Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com. Forward-looking Information: Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements and speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including but not limited to the following: [a] changes in worldwide economic and political conditions that impact demand for our products, interest rates and foreign exchange rates; [b] the interruption of production at Textron facilities or Textron?s customers or suppliers; [c] the occurrence of slowdowns or downturns in customer markets in which Textron products are sold or supplied; [d] changes in aircraft delivery schedules or cancellation of orders; and [e] changes in national or international government policies on the export and import of commercial products. end of announcement euro adhoc 04.10.2007 18:45:45 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: Thielert AG Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch Further inquiry note: Contact at Cessna: Robert Stangarone Mobile: +1 316 305 3738 Fax: +1 316 206 2577 E-mail: rstangarone@cessna.textron.com Pia Bergqvist Mobile: +1 316 841 6923 Fax: +1 316 206 9449 E-mail: pbergqvist@cessna.textron.com Contact at Thielert: Sebastian Wentzler Head of Corporate Communication Tel.: +49 37204 6961270 Fax: +49 37204 6961910 E-mail: press@thielert.com Branche: Machine Manufacturing ISIN: DE0006052079 WKN: 605207 Index: SDAX, CDAX, Prime All Share, Classic All Share Börsen: Börse Frankfurt / official dealing/prime standard Börse Berlin / free trade Börse Hamburg / free trade Börse Stuttgart / free trade Börse Düsseldorf / free trade Börse München / free trade

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