More Asian Piper pilots
Piper’s dealer in China has placed the largest ever order for Piper aircraft, which will help train pilots to overcome the global shortage
At February’s Asian Aerospace show in Singapore Piper Aircraft announced an order for 152 aircraft from Fanmei Aviation Technologies — the largest single trainer order in the company’s history. Fanmei is Piper’s exclusive dealer in China and a subsidiary of Sichuan Fanmei Education Group Co Ltd, which is a leading provider of aviation education in China. The seven-year purchase agreement, valued at $74 million, comprises 100 Archer TXS, 50 Seminoles, one Seneca and one M350. Deliveries will begin in March, with the first aircraft going to the Fanmei Flight School in Sichuan Province.
“Just as we are making history with receiving this large order, so is Fanmei by establishing a prestigious pilot development programme to meet the growing need for exceptionally trained airline flight crews,” said Piper President and Chief Executive Officer Simon Caldecott. “This is a wonderful opportunity for both organisations as we work collectively to help address the global pilot shortage.”
Caldecott also reported a 23% increase in Piper aircraft deliveries in 2017. He attributed the growth to a year-on-year 50% increase in deliveries of Piper’s single-engine trainers and a 70% increase in deliveries of multi-engine trainers. Sales of the top-of-range M600 turboprop were up by 59% last year. To meet the rise in demand for Piper trainers the company has increased its workforce by 25%.