OpenAirplane To Connect Cessna Pilot Centers

CHICAGO, IL. November 15, 2012 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has named OpenAirplane as an Endorsed Partner to the Cessna Pilot Center program collaborating to make flying even more convenient for pilots.

“Cessna Pilot Centers are a foundation of our aviation community. We’re excited to be working with the team at Cessna to enhance our product, and deliver a great experience consistently wherever our pilots want to fly,” said Rod Rakic, co-founder at OpenAirplane.

“OpenAirplane is working to make flying more valuable for pilots. By being part of this network, our customers find more utility in flying. Together we can make flying more useful, safer, and more fun,” commented Jodi Noah, Senior Vice President of Propeller Business at Cessna. “Working with OpenAirplane, CPCs will offer pilots a checkout that comes with the added benefit of access to a network of the same make model aircraft across the country without a local flight checkout, rather they will only need to complete a procedures briefing that can be accomplished ahead of time online.”

OpenAirplane will be collaborating to align operations with the proven Cessna Flight Training System to increase safety and utility for both Pilots and Operators. CPCs who join the OpenAirplane network will also enjoy special promotion in the application’s interface.

The OpenAirplane universal checkout allows FBOs around the country to easily verify a pilot's qualifications and training in each make and model aircraft. Pilots will gain access to a diverse fleet with a nationwide footprint without the expense and hassles normally associated with renting away from their home field.

With over 4,000 pilots from around the U.S. signed up for updates, OpenAirplane is now recruiting the best flight schools and FBOs in the business. OpenAirplane offers Operators a way to make rental fleets more profitable. OpenAirplane’s first of it’s kind reputation system will bring transparency to both sides of the rental transaction. Recognized by the insurance industry, pilots who participate in OpenAirplane’s standardization and evaluation program will earn discounts on their renter’s policy premiums.

OpenAirplane intends to offer a better value proposition for private aviation, making everyone’s pilot certificate more useful. Collaborating with partners like Cessna, the company hopes to help pilots fly more, and reduce the accident rate.

OpenAirplane is being readied for launch later this year. Pilots who would like to be the first to get onboard can sign up with just their email address at

Operators who would like to learn more about offering their aircraft for rent through OpenAirplane can learn more about making their rental aircraft more profitable by contacting Jason Hoffman, Director of Network Development, at, or visiting


About OpenAirplane
Founded in May 2012 and based in Chicago, Illinois, OpenAirplane is working to help make the pilot certificate more useful. OpenAirplane aims to make renting a plane as easy as renting a car. The company is building a platform to make it easy to find, book, fly, and pay for aircraft rental online or with a mobile device. OpenAirplane will help operators get better utilization of their fleets, and help pilots fly more.

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About Cessna
Cessna is the world's leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 193,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,300 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2011, Cessna delivered 689 aircraft, including 183 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.990 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at