On April 05, 2016 at the annual Sun’n’Fun airshow in Lakeland, FL, Piper Aircraft announced the sale of 112 training aircrafts to the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation. UND Aerospace Foundation develops and provides aircraft training services to the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Piper Aircraft will deliver 112 single-engine Archer TXs and multi-engine Seminoles beginning Q4 of 2016, with a deal estimating at over $40 million.
UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences provides aerospace learning and aviation education, atmospheric research, space studies, and computer science applications. The program was developed in 1968 with 2 donated planes and 12 students who had a fascination with aviation. The Aerospace Science program is the second largest of UND’s degree-granting colleges, and has the largest fleet of civilian flight training.
Piper Aircraft, located in Vero Beach, FL was at one time considered one of the “Big Three” in the field of general aviation manufacturing. The company has produced over 144,000 aircrafts in 160 different models, with over 90,000 still flying.
The Piper Archer TX produces over 180 HP and can reach up to 128 knots. The Piper Seminoles produces over 180 HP and can reach a cruise speed of 155 knots. Students will be using both planes to reach their required 125,000 hours each year.It is said by Amy Laboda of AINonline
“The Archers and Seminoles are equipped with Garmin G1000 avionics and an autopilot. Piper is offering a flight-school interior with ergonomic seating and sidewalls hand crafted and fitted with heavy-duty vinyl and wear-resistant leather to maximize durability.”
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