Airline Transport Professionals and Piper Aircraft Inc. recently announced ATP’s acquisition of a fleet of six Piper Seminole multi-engine piston-powered advanced training aircraft. ATP, a professional pilot training school with locations nationwide will take delivery of the aircraft, which combined are worth almost $4 million, in 2010. The acquisition brings ATP’s training fleet up to 87 Seminoles in addition to 50 Cessna 172s, five Diamond DA40s and a CitationJet.
The joint Piper, ATP announcement was made at the annual Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Aviation Summit 2010 in Long Beach, where both companies are exhibiting. Piper, headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida, is one of the biggest names in general aviation offering nine models of single-engine and twin-engine aircraft. ATP, providing cost-efficient, accelerated flight training, operates the largest multi-engine training fleet providing thousands of graduates an unparalleled amount of multi-engine flight time.
ATP’s recently announced partnership with Mountain State University, under which ATP provides flight training for Mountain State’s ATP Pilot Operations degree program, has driven up demand for ATP’s multi-engine aircraft. ATP’s new Seminoles will allow them to meet that demand. The degree program allows students to complete online coursework for a bachelor’s degree while undertaking standardized, airline-style flight training curriculum, building more than 100 hours of multi-engine flight experience.
ATP has chosen the Piper Seminole based on its proven reliability, having provided hundreds of thousands of flight hours around the world, and its compatibility with ATP’s flight training fleet and methodology. The Seminole is a stable and forgiving aircraft that allows students learn advanced flight maneuvers and procedures safely. The Piper Seminole is an aircraft that supports ATP’s mission of providing high-quality multi-engine flight training and offers unmatched reliability. Also, because they already operate a number of Seminoles, ATP is well equipped for maintenance of the Lycoming O-360-A1H6 powered aircraft.
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