OSHKOSH, Wisc., July 20, 2015 — Piper Aircraft Inc. will deliver a new Piper Arrow pilot training aircraft to the Aeronautics Division at Kent State University’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. Today’s announcement was made on the first day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which runs through July 26.
“Kent State’s Aeronautic Division continues to look to Piper for quality aircraft to bring up our next generation of pilots,” said Robert G. Sines, Jr., Dean of Kent State’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. “We look forward to taking delivery of another new Piper single-engine Arrow trainer that will join our fleet and operate from Kent State’s Andrew Paton Field, one of very few unique university-operated airports globally.”
The Kent State Aeronautics Program is the largest flight training school in Ohio and flies from Kent State University Airport in Stow, Ohio. The program hosts more than 500 students seeking degrees in Flight Technology, Aviation Management, Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology, Aeronautical Studies, and Air Traffic Control.
“This Piper Arrow will join Kent State’s training fleet of more than 20 single-engine and two twin-engine aircraft,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “The Arrow is the only complex single-engine trainer available today. We are grateful to work in concordance with Dean Sines and Kent State, providing a training tool with a proven track record of assisting student pilots to become full-fledged aviators.”
About the Piper Arrow
The Piper Arrow is the only single-engine complex trainer aircraft built today. With familiar controls and similar handling characteristics as that of other Piper trainers, it provides an easy transition for students moving up to a more complex aircraft. It is powered by a 200 hp Lycoming piston engine and cruises at speeds in excess of 137 ktas. It features the Garmin G500 glass avionics suite.
About the Kent State Aeronautics Division
As an academic unit in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, the Aeronautics Division works in concert with business, government and industry to enhance technological literacy, education, and training in aviation that is essential to the socioeconomic well being and workforce development needs of Ohio and the nation. The Aeronautics Program’s mission is fourfold: (1) to prepare students to function effectively as leaders and professionals in the highly dynamic field of aviation; (2) to prepare students for professional positions in flight operations; (3) to prepare students for administrative, managerial, operational, and technical positions in aviation; and (4) to provide students with the academic background and preparation necessary for successful graduate and advanced studies in aviation and allied academic disciplines.
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600, Meridian M500, M350, and Matrix – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole, and Seneca aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. Unparalleled service and support is offered through a network of 38 dealers and nearly 100 service centers worldwide. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
SOURCE: Piper Aircraft, Inc.