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California Aeronautical University selected as Top Hawk University

Textron Aviation Inc., the leading general aviation authority, today announced it has selected California Aeronautical University for the 2018 Top Hawk program. California Aeronautical University (CAU) will take delivery of a new, custom branded Cessna Skyhawk 172 to support flight training, university recruiting efforts and promotional activities throughout the year.

“Here at California Aeronautical University, we’re honored to have been selected as a Top Hawk university,” said Matthew Johnston, California Aeronautical University President. “This is a huge milestone, especially for Kern County and for aviation in California. Being a Top Hawk university will amplify our efforts to promote aviation to the next generation of pilots and help address the growing need of employable aviators in the industry.”

The Top Hawk program is a partnership between Textron Aviation and top university aviation schools to provide students with access to the world’s most popular trainer, the Cessna® Skyhawk®, and provide unique internship opportunities with the world’s leading general aviation manufacturer.

“As the Top Hawk program enters its fourth year, we’re proud to build on a program that has allowed us to support general aviation and contribute to the enhancement of student pilot training with the renowned Skyhawk 172 platform,” said Doug May, vice president, Piston Aircraft. “We are eager to begin collaborating with CAU for the 2018 Top Hawk program and continue to build relationships with the schools training the next generation of pilots.”

Delivery of the custom branded, Cessna Skyhawk 172 to California Aeronautical University will take place in February 2018.

Mr. Matthew A. Johnston has over 23 years of experience serving various roles in education and is currently serving as the President of California Aeronautical University. He maintains memberships and is a supporting participant with several aviation promoting and advocacy associations including University Aviation Association (UAA), Regional Airline Association (RAA), AOPA, NBAA, and EAA with the Young Eagles program.  He is proud of his collaboration with airlines, aviation businesses and individual aviation professionals who are working with him to develop California Aeronautical University as a leader in educating aviation professionals.

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