Piper Aircraft Inc. will deliver the last of seven twin-engine Piper Seminole advanced training aircraft to the Civil Aviation Flight University of China this December. While neither organization is disclosing the fleet purchase price, the retail value of seven new Seminole aircraft totals nearly $4.2 million.
Under the jurisdiction of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC), the Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC) is an institution of higher education for civil aviation pilots, as well as for technicians of other civil aviation specialties and for high-quality applied professionals in engineering and management. It is headquartered in Guanghan City, Sichuan Province, and has 8,000 students throughout a number of locations within the country.
Advanced Twin-Engine Trainer
“Leading flight schools like CAFUC demand an advanced twin-engine trainer that is consistent and reliable,” said Piper Director of Global Fleet Sales Chuck Glass, whose headquarters is in Brunei. “The Piper Seminole has proven itself in over 30 years of service and hundreds of thousands of hours in flight school environments throughout the world.”
The four-place Piper Seminole trainer is powered by two Lycoming L/O-360-A1H6 180-horsepower engines with a 2,000-hour time between overhaul. It comes equipped with the Garmin G500 avionics suite. Cruise speed at 75 percent power is 162 knots (300 km/h) and range with a 45-minute reserve is 700 nautical miles (1,426 km). The airplane’s service ceiling is 15,000 feet (4,572 m).
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft, Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida. A global force in aviation, Piper is an investment of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Brunei. The company offers efficient single-engine and twin-engine trainer, personal and business aircraft. With economical acquisition and operating costs, Piper airplanes deliver the best value available today and into the future. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
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