VERO BEACH, Fla., August 23, 2011 - A new Piper Aircraft twin-engine Seminole will join Redbird Flight Simulations' innovative and multi-faceted aviation research and development laboratory beginning in the first quarter of 2012. Delivery of the training aircraft is set to occur at next year's Sun-n-Fun.
Cutter Piper Sales sold the airplane in Oshkosh, Wisc during AirVenture 2011. It was sold to Redbird Skyport of San Marcos, Texas, where the airplane will be based. Redbird Flight Simulations and other industry partners are developing Redbird Skyport.
The Skyport laboratory is dedicated to developing new ways of doing pilot training to help reduce the cost of training, reduce the time required, and to improve safety. The team is focused on creating new and Innovative curriculum to help make flight training accessible to more individuals. Roger Sharp, general manager of Redbird Skyport’s flight training laboratory, said, "Skyport is excited about incorporating our new Piper Seminole into our studies because this airplane is ideally suited to meet our mission and it will enable us to develop real world solutions to the challenges of flight training today."
"Piper Aircraft is very pleased to be a part of Skyport's efforts to get more people involved in flight training," said Piper Director of Marketing Jackie Carlon. "This great effort and others we are pursuing will help our industry extend it's influence throughout the world."
The new facility, designated Redbird Skyport will open on November 8, 2011. Skyport is the culmination of the efforts of Redbird Flight Simulations and King Schools and is supported by GAMA, AOPA, and other industry partners. Skyport will be a first step in developing solutions to the challenges of a shrinking pilot population, staggering student drop-out rate and the ever increasing cost of flight training. The innovative aviation laboratory will include a full service FBO, flight school, and aviation experience center. All aspects of the project will provide a test bed for innovative hardware, software, business processes and ideas with the goal of revitalizing general aviation.
About Redbird Flight Simulations™, Inc.
Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc. is an Austin, Texas based company dedicated to revolutionizing aviation by designing, manufacturing and delivering affordable and innovative flight training technologies. Each of the Redbird devices is designed to enhance the training experience for pilots of all levels, from student to ATP. Redbird is quickly becoming the industry standard for flight training systems. Since Redbird introduced its line of training devices in 2007, which includes the highly successful FMX, an increasing number of flight training providers are integrating Redbird products into their curriculum. For more information visit, www.redbirdflightsimulation.com
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla. A global force in aviation, Piper offers efficient single-engine and twin-engine trainer, personal and business aircraft. Piper Aircraft designs, manufactures, sells and supports the strongest and broadest single-engine product line in the industry, from high-performance pistons to turboprops to the world’s most fuel-efficient seven-person business jet, the PiperJet Altaire. With economical acquisition and operating costs, Piper airplanes deliver the best values available today and into the future. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
The company will also use the venue to begin a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary, highlighted with the display of a vintage Piper Cub.
As the company firmly level-loaded increased aircraft production and deliveries, it continued to globally expand its dealer network.
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