Paragon Flight Training has completed its 2023 goal of purchasing 10 new Piper aircraft, taking possession of the final two aircraft in September. The announcement comes following the company’s purchase of 10 Pipers in 2022 and in alignment with the company’s aggressive plan of expanding its fleet to 50 new aircraft by the end of 2026.
“Working in such a high growth industry as aviation training, we need to remain laser focused on our strategic plan – and that’s what we’ve done,” said Paragon Flight President Christopher Schoensee. “We know that having a modern fleet is not only a competitive advantage but provides optimal training for our students.”
Paragon Flight continues to experience record enrollment trends, fueled not only by national interest in careers in commercial aviation but also as a result of the two additional locations it opened this year. In July 2023, Paragon Flight opened its first Georgia location at LaGrange-Callaway Airport following its new partnership with LaGrange College. The partnership gives students the opportunity to pursue a minor in aviation using Paragon Flight’s Professional Pilot Program curriculum, Paragon Flight aircraft at nearby LaGrange-Callaway and a Paragon Flight-owned flight simulator housed on the LaGrange College campus. In March 2023, the company opened a fully operational Paragon Flight Training facility at the Punta Gorda Airport in Punta Gorda, Florida.
The company also recently received its Frasca twin-engine flight training device, housed at Paragon Flight’s headquarters location in Fort Myers, to serve as a button for button complement to the Piper Seminole, an aircraft model essential for commercial pilot training that Paragon Flight purchased in 2022.