VERO BEACH, Fla. - Jan. 12, 2016 - Piper Aircraft, Inc. has received an amendment to the Validation of its Type Certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for the addition of Garmin G1000 avionics in the Archer training TX/LX aircraft. The approval was made by CAAC on December 21, 2015.
"CAAC's approval of G1000 in the Archer is exceptionally exciting news for Piper and prospective customers in China," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "Our Chinese customers now have the ability to take advantage of the most current and advanced avionics in the cockpit, keeping with Piper's continued commitment to safety, reliability, and value."
With this new certification approval, the Archer G1000 joins the already approved and widely used twin-engine Seminole, offering Chinese flight schools the option of a complete advanced training fleet of common Piper products for single and multi-engine aircraft requirements. Presently, five flight schools in China utilize the Seminole, with anticipated delivery to an additional school in April of this year. Archer deliveries are expected to increase in the coming year, as well.
About The Piper Archer
As a classroom, the Piper Archer provides everything needed to learn to safely fly. Standard instrumentation includes the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit system, a perfect mixture of low workload and high technology. The Garmin G500 avionics suite is an optional avionics package available to fleet customers. Piper's specially created flight school interior, designed to withstand the rigors of flight training, is standard and the option for factory-installed air conditioning adds to the Archer's appeal as a training aircraft. It is powered by the 180 hp Lycoming 0-360-A4M and offers 128 ktas / 237 km/h cruise speed.
About Piper Aircraft
Headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., Piper Aircraft, Inc. offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series - the M600, M500, M350, and Matrix - offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca V and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Archer TX/LX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.