GENEVA, Switzerland, May 19, 2015 - Piper Aircraft has announced European OK Aviation Group to establish a Piper authorized training center, offering EASA approved, specific flight training services for current Meridian, M500, and M350 production aircraft.
"We are exceedingly pleased that our European Piper customers will have the opportunity to take advantage of EASA approved training courses," said Simon Caldecott, President and CEO of Piper Aircraft. "The M-Class series was engineered as a family of reliable, high-performance, value proposition aircraft, seamless in transition as one pursues the next level of advanced aircraft and flight training. With the availability of specific training courses, we anticipate additional interest and investment in the versatile Piper product line."
OK Aviation Group has been a leader in flight training provision since 2006, receiving full EASA approval as an aviation training organization (ATO) in March of 2013. It is the only facility to offer a certified Piper Meridian flight training device in conjunction with practical firsthand training in the aircraft. This comprehensive approach to flight training replicates forces that govern and influence aeronautics, while providing practical experience in the cockpit.
"We have already trained more than fifty Piper customers from many European countries, and we have EASA type rating examiners on staff, recognized by most European national aviation authorities," reported Lubomir Cornak, President and CEO of OK Aviation Group.
Services to be provided for European Piper customers include ground school training, Meridian/M500/M350 simulator experience on the FTD Level 2 certified device, and active training in the actual aircraft of the patron. Training courses are available for currently certified Piper M-Class products. Time commitment and number of lessons vary, from two to five days and upward of seven classes, depending on the aircraft and current pilot rating. More information about course prerequisites and prices are available by contacting Training@ok-aviation.cz.
About OK Aviation Group
Based in the Czech Republic, OK Aviation Group is a collaboration of companies dedicated to advancing general aviation for over twenty years. With services provided in both sales and training for the private aircraft industry, OK Aviation Group continues to address the needs of the today's private pilot with diversification and professionalism.
About Piper M-Class Aircraft
Piper M-Class aircraft offer Piper performance and safety built upon a proven airframe that has been an industry standard for years. Three refined, cabin class derivatives comprise the full line: the M600, Meridian M500, and the M350; the Matrix is also part of the M-Class family. Each product fits its own niche and price point, and each aircraft provides a seamless step-up to the next level. Created to maximize the business and private travel experience, the M-Class line offers market-leading safety, as well as performance, efficiency, and value.
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.