Vero Beach, Fla., Jul. 27, 2016 – Piper Aircraft has announced an order for a new Piper Seminole multi-engine trainer to Liberty University School of Aeronautics. The order was received during the first day of EAA AirVenture. This most recent order is part of a long-term agreement originally signed in 2013 between Piper and Liberty University.
Over the past fourteen years, the Liberty University flight program has grown from four students to over eight hundred, becoming one of the fastest growing university flight programs in the United States. Since 2013 the school has taken delivery of 3 Seminoles and 2 Arrows. This most recent order will be their fourth Seminole delivery which will take place in 2017.
“The School of Aeronautics at Liberty exists to produce aviation professionals with the values and character to make a positive impact wherever they go. Our partnership with Piper adds great value to the program with their outstanding training aircraft and as a superb model of professionalism and service. We look forward to our continued work with Piper to develop aviation leaders and to keep aviation in America great,” said Dean of the School of Aeronautics James P. Malloy.
Malloy said, “The new Seminole purchased this week during EAA AirVenture completes a flight training system that will be even better than before at producing highly competent and safe pilots to meet industry demands.”
“As Liberty University continues to expand their aviation programs, Piper Aircraft is proud to be part of their growth and success. They continue to demonstrate their commitment to excellence and their students by providing new degree programs and opportunities. We look forward to their continued success and to providing more Piper trainers in support of their aviation programs,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott.
About the Seminole
The Seminole includes: two 10.4” high resolution XGA (PFD/MFD) displays, an Aspen Standby System (EFD-1000), an Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS), a solid state Air Data Computer (ADC), solid state 3-axis Magnetometer, Dual IFR Enroute/Approach and WAAS Certified GPS systems. Also included is an Electronic Engine Indication System (EIS), Dual Nav/Comm (16 watt) radio, a GTX 33ES Transponder with Extended Squitter, Digital Audio Panel, Traffic Information Systems (TIS) and Terrain and Obstacle Mapping. The Seminole, equipped with two 180 hp Lycoming engines, has a maximum takeoff weight of 3,800 pounds, a max speed of 162 kts and ceiling of 15,000 feet.
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.