ATP Flight School to Reach Over 200 Piper Trainers in 2018

Oshkosh, WI — July 24, 2017

Piper Aircraft, Inc. has announced today an order for 10 additional Archer TXs from ATP Flight School. The order comes as part of an original agreement made in April of 2013 for up to 100 aircraft to the flight school.

ATP, America’s largest flight school, specializes in airline pilot training and pilot career development. The school initially agreed to purchase a fleet of 15 Piper Archer TX single-engine, piston-powered advanced training aircraft for delivery in late 2013; however, as airline pilot training demand grew, the school expanded its agreement to include an option for 85 additional Archers, bringing the total to 100 single engine trainers. ATP will operate over 100 Piper Archers and 100 Piper Seminoles.

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For the past five years we have been proud to support the team at ATP with training aircraft. ATP’s confidence in Piper and our trainer products is a testament to the robust and reliable training equipment that we manufacture but also an indication of the growing pilot training activity,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “Our training aircraft sales continue to grow given the availability of a complete trainer product line up as well as competitive operating costs.”

"With ATP being the leading supplier of pilots to the nation’s regional airlines, continuing to integrate new Piper Archers into the fleet has been crucial in meeting airline demand for professionally trained pilots,” said ATP Vice President Justin Dennis. “Since the first deliveries, the Piper Archer TX has provided Airline Career Pilot Program students with a safe, reliable training platform and equips them with the advanced avionics and operational economy they need for successful career training. We look forward to welcoming these new Archers to the fleet and continuing to expand with Piper.”

As their need for more single-engine Piper training aircraft increases, ATP has been exercising its option to take additional Archers. The school continues to transition to a predominately Piper training aircraft fleet and will take delivery of its 82nd Archer next month. This aircraft (serial number 900) is particularly significant as it marks the 300th airplane to join the ATP fleet and is Piper Aircraft’s 900th Archer III to be manufactured.

While all of the new ATP airplanes under the agreement with Piper have been equipped with Garmin G500 glass cockpit avionics suites, the latest order includes an option for G1000 NXi equipped aircraft with GFC 700 autopilot.

About the Piper Archer TX

The Archer TX includes the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics package which incorporates moderns processing power that supports faster map rendering and smoother panning throughout the displays. Saving valuable time in the cockpit, the displays initialize within seconds after start-up, providing immediate access to frequencies, flight plan data and more. Also included is the Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) (GSU 75), an Aspen Electronic Standby System (EFD-1000), a solid state 3-axis Magnetometer (GMU 44), Dual IFR Enroute/Approach and WAAS Certified GPS systems and Nav/Comm (16 watt) radios (GIA 63Ws), an Electronic Engine Indication System (EIS), a Mode S Transponder with ADS-B out (GTX 335ES), Digital Audio Panel (GMA 1347), Traffic Information Systems (TIS), and Terrain and Obstacle Mapping round out the standard equipment on the TX. The Archer TX comes standard equipped with a 180 hp Lycoming engine, offers 128 ktas / 237 km/h cruise speed. An optional fuel injected Lycoming IO-360-B4A engine is also available.

About ATP Flight School — Training Pilots Since 1984

ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program prepares pilots for airline careers from zero time to 1,500 hours, with CFI jobs and airline employment. Addressing the pilot shortage, airlines attract new pilots to the industry with ATP's Tuition Reimbursement Program, where airlines sponsor a portion of pilots' flight training loan repayment. ATP also provides type-rating and ATP CTP certification. ATP's 300 aircraft fly over 185,000 hours annually to provide nearly 5,200 FAA pilot certificates each year. As America’s largest flight school, ATP is the leading supplier of professionally trained pilots to the nation’s regional airlines.

About Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600, M500, M350, and Matrix – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Warrior, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole, and Seneca aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. Unparalleled service and support is offered through a network of 38 dealers and nearly 100 service centers worldwide. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.