L3 Commercial Aviation has selected Piper Aircraft to supply as many as 240 new aircraft options to expand and modernize the airline fleet across its Airline Academy pilot training sites. The fleet will support growing demand for its cadet pilot programs in light of the global shortage of pilots.

As part of the deal, the first 26 aircraft will arrive this year from April onwards and will include 19 single-engine Piper Archers and seven twin-engine Piper Seminoles. The new aircraft will feature glass cockpits and include the latest safety equipment, such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), complementing and supporting the current fleet.

The new aircraft will be based at L3's Airline Academies in Florida, US; Ponte de Sor, Portugal; and in the UK. The deal represents a significant investment in L3's infrastructure and training capacity throughout its international footprint.