VERO BEACH, Fla., October 9, 2015 – Piper Aircraft, Inc. announced that FlightSafety International has begun taking delivery of 20 factory new, single-engine Piper Warrior aircraft. The first five aircraft were handed over to FlightSafety Academy at the Piper factory in Vero Beach, Florida during a delivery ceremony last week. The remaining aircraft will be delivered throughout the fourth quarter, with all 20 expected to enter service before the end of the year.
"As a recognized leader at the forefront of building training aircraft, Piper is honored to provide FlightSafety with these initial Warriors for the Academy," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "We are committed to manufacturing the most reliable, best value aircraft for the next generation of pilots."
"Our students will benefit from the training they receive using these well-equipped, efficient and reliable aircraft," said Nancy Ritter, Manager FlightSafety Academy. "We appreciate the outstanding value, quality and support Piper provides, and look forward to receiving the additional aircraft."
All of the aircraft will be equipped with Garmin G500 avionics suites and ADSB for the most comprehensive traffic and weather solution. The aircraft will have satellite enhanced dual antenna traffic awareness technology, enabling one-second updates for traffic situational awareness. All aircraft come equipped with GTN 650, replacing the former GNS 430.
Established in 1966, FlightSafety Academy is a world leading provider of ab initio training. It is a reliable and highly respected source of well-trained pilots for a growing number of airlines around the world. Over 21,000 graduates fly for some 62 airlines and 100 corporate flight departments worldwide.
FlightSafety International is the world's premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world's largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.