Textron Aviation Names Doug May Leader for Piston Aircraft Business


WICHITA, Kan. (April 3, 2015) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the appointment of Doug May as vice president, Piston Aircraft. May serves on the company’s senior leadership team and reports to Chief Executive Officer Scott Ernest.

As vice president of Piston Aircraft, May is responsible for the Beechcraft and Cessna piston-engine aircraft product lines. In this role, May is responsible for overseeing customer input and advanced design, manufacturing, customer delivery and continued service and support for these products. 

May has enjoyed a long career in aviation, including experimental flight test positions with Kohlman Systems Research and Bombardier Learjet, prior to joining Cessna Aircraft Company in 2006. Since that time, he has held a variety of increasingly responsible roles within Engineering and Flight Test, most recently as director of Engineering Flight Test and Experimental Operations for all Cessna and Beechcraft products.

May has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas. An Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), he holds an Air Transport Pilot rating with over 5,500 experimental flight test hours. May is type-rated in eight models, including four Cessna Citation aircraft.


About Textron Aviation Inc.

Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit txtav.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, 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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com.