Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. company, has awarded its Platinum Award to Northway Aviation for exceptional performance in the Cessna Pilot Center network. The award was presented by Cessna CPC Western Regional Manager Jim Pitman to Northway Aviation owners Jim and Jill Grant at the Cessna Pilot Center Seminar in June in San Luis Obispo.
“Northway Aviation is an exceptional Cessna Pilot Centers,” Pitman said. “The Grants and their team have a long track record of providing excellent instruction and customer service. This Platinum Award is Cessna’s acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication so evident in all of their activities.”
“I’m honored to accept this award on behalf of all our flight instructors and staff,” Jim Grant said. “We wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all that we have if it hadn’t been for the support and guidance Cessna provides. Everything from Cessna sales, finance, service and our CPC regional manager—everyone has been a wonderful support.”
Located at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., Northway Aviation has a fleet of 13 Cessna aircraft, including a new Cessna 400. The school also has three 162 SkyCatchers on order.
In presenting the Platinum Award, Cessna considers a number of factors in evaluating CPC performance including facilities, training equipment and general operations.
Cessna’s extensive network of approximately 300 CPCs around the world was established more than 35 years ago. The average time for students to obtain their private pilot’s certificate while using Cessna’s computer-based instruction training course is only 54.5 hours, almost 30 percent less than the national average, resulting in less expense for the student and a more efficient learning process.
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2007, Cessna delivered 1,272 aircraft, including 387 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5 billion. Cessna has a current backlog of $14.5 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 5,100 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world.