Textron is looking to take on its next challenge: electric aircraft.

Cessna and Beechcraft have been at the forefront of general aviation for nearly 100 years.

The two Wichita companies are now part of Textron, and it makes sense that as aviation enters a new phase, they would be leaders in that as well.

Electric aircraft are the next frontier for general aviation. And Textron hopes to pour the decades of experience Cessna and Beechcraft have in designing, building and certifying new aircraft into that industry segment.

Textron created a new e-aviation division in 2020. Two years later, it bought the Slovenian company Pipistrel, which makes electric airplanes and drones.