More Asian Piper pi­lots

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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%.

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