Piper Aircraft and Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology made an order for its first tranche of 22 factory-new training aircraft. To date, Spartan has taken delivery of 10 Piper Archers and 2 Piper Seminoles, with 10 additional Piper Archers expected to be delivered in Q4 2020.
According to Beau Schrader, Spartan’s Chief Pilot Officer, “Spartan’s Flight location at Richard Lloyd Jones Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been reenergized by the brand new, technologically advanced fleet of training aircraft.” The new 180 HP, G1000 NXi equipped Piper Archers and Seminoles began delivery in late-2019, as Spartan continues its multi-year enhancement of its training fleet.
“As demand for civil aviation pilots grow, we continue to invest in new technology which enhances the educational experience of our students,” said Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Chief Executive Officer Rob Polston. “Our team will use the new aircraft, in addition to our existing fleet, to train future professional pilots at our campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma, carrying on a proud tradition of training aspiring aviation professionals for more than 90 years. We are excited to have the opportunity to help support the growing aviation industry, which is facing a need for 804,000 new civil aviation pilots over the next 20 years, according to a 2019 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook.”