Malacca, Malaysia, Feb. 24, 2015 – Piper Aircraft, Inc. recently delivered four new Archer training aircraft equipped with Garmin G500 avionics to the Malaysian Flying Academy, Malaysia.
“Our cadets are eager to begin flying these four new Piper single-engine trainers. The G500 avionics package is ideally suited to the training curriculum offered by our academy,” said Captain Stephen Terry, Principal of the Malaysian Flying Academy. Earlier in 2014, the Malaysian Flying Academy took delivery of four Seminoles. The two recent deliveries are part of Malaysian Flying Academy’s long-term plan to upgrade their exclusively-Piper fleet.
“The Archer provides the perfect classroom environment for flight students,” said Simon Caldecott, President and CEO of Piper Aircraft. “Our fixed-gear, single-engine aircraft provide an important introduction to assessable, apprehensible flight training, paving the way for continuing education and a lifetime of aviation enjoyment. We are honored Malaysian Flying Academy chooses to use Piper products exclusively to facilitate learning.”
About the Piper Archer TX
As a classroom, the Piper Archer provides everything needed to learn to safely fly. Standard instrumentation includes the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit system, a perfect mixture of low workload and high technology. The Garmin G500 avionics suite is an optional avionics package available to fleet customers. Piper’s specially created flight school interior designed to withstand the rigors of flight training, is standard, and the option for factory-installed air conditioning adds to the Archer’s appeal as a training aircraft. It is powered by the 180 hp Lycoming 0-360-A4M and offers 128 ktas / 237 km/h cruise speed.
About the Malaysian Flying Academy
Established in 1983, the Malaysian Flying Academy was part of the Royal Selangor Flying Club (RSFC) based at the Sungei Besi Military Air Base in Kuala Lumpur. In 1985, MFA was acquired by the Syed Kechik Group of Companies and in 1987, moved to Batu Berendam, Malacca. Presently, MFA’s all-inclusive campus sits on 12 acres adjacent to the Malacca International Airport with direct access to the runway. Since 2014, the Academy has upgraded its fleet and acquired simulators that will assist its cadet pilots in their transition to commercial jet training. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Department of Civil Aviation, Malaysia (DCA) approve all of the courses run by MFA. For the last 30 years, MFA has trained cadets from all over the world, as well as for many national and international airlines. www.mfa.edu.my
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft, Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single-engine and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series–the Meridian, Mirage and Matrix– offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca V and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.