Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine (online) – December 2020/January 2021
VERO BEACH, FLA. (Oct. 29, 2020) – Piper Aircraft and Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology have announced the expansion of Spartan’s aircraft fleet with the purchase of 32 new Piper trainers to meet the future demand for certified pilots in the United States. State and local officials joined Spartan College and Piper Aircraft leaders for the historic delivery of the 5000th Piper Archer at Spartan College’s flight facility at Jones Riverside Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Founded 92 years ago, Spartan College is one the nation’s first technical training schools for pilots and aircraft technicians. Along with three facilities in Tulsa, Spartan College is also located in Los Angeles and Inland Empire, Calif., and Denver, Colo. Since 1928, Spartan has trained more than 100,000 pilots and mechanics.
With the purchase of these aircraft, Spartan is re-committing itself to Tulsa and Oklahoma, said Spartan College CEO Rob Polston.
“Piper has achieved a significant aviation milestone today with the delivery of the 5,000th Piper Archer to Spartan College,” said Simon Caldecott, president and chief executive officer for Piper. “As Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology continues to expand their aviation programs, Piper Aircraft is proud to be part of their comprehensive aviation program. As a longstanding pilot training provider, they continue to demonstrate their commitment to excellence and their students by providing multiple aviation programs and opportunities for their students. We look forward to their continued success and to providing more Piper trainers in support of their commitment to aviation education.”
Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft and is the first general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world to certify Garmin Autoland. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600SLS, M500, and M350 – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance, value and a superior ownership experience. The Personal Class Seneca V, Archer LX and Archer DLX balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in a piston-powered aircraft. The Trainer Class Pilot 100/100i, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. To learn more about Piper Aircraft, visit the companys website at www.piper.com.