US Ski & Snowboard has announced Textron Aviation as the organisation’s official general aviation aircraft and aviation products sponsor.

The manufacturer has revealed a ‘special-edition’ US Ski & Snowboard interior and exterior design available for new Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft, and a portion of the proceeds from every aircraft sold will go towards supporting athletic programs.

The announcement came during the 2021 National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas this week, and US Ski & Snowboard Chief Revenue Officer, Michael O’Conor, commented: “We are so excited to welcome Textron Aviation as a sponsor.

“Their support will touch every aspect of our organisation, from the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation to help our athletics, to professional aviation career advancement for a number of our athletes.

Furthermore, the collaboration is providing transportation for athletes during training and competition and promises to support the mission of the US Ski & Snowboard and its foundation via events and programs.

Additionally, Textron’s will look to support the aviation careers of four US Ski & Snowboard Team athletes as Textron Aviation Ambassadors, including U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes Jackie Wiles and Luke Winters; U.S. Cross Country Team athlete Logan Hanneman; and U.S. Freestyle Team aerials athlete Justin Schoenefeld

The business will provide resources for all four and others to achieve additional pilot certificates and ratings as they further their careers. 

Christi Tannahill, the company’s senior vice president, customer experience, noted: “We are thrilled to support athletes of all ages across the country, many of whom have already discovered the benefits of private aviation in reaching mountainous training destinations.

“We’re proud to offer a visibly stunning reminder of our sponsorship through a special US Ski & Snowboard design worthy of a medal.”

The sponsorship also sees the enterprise’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Flight Operations, Lannie O’Bannion, join the Foundation’s Ambassador Program in a bid to offer his ‘professional and technical experience’ to the organisation while engaging with its leadership, athletes and board of directors.

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