OSHKOSH, Wisc., July 28, 2014-Piper Aircraft Inc. will deliver two new Piper Arrow pilot training aircraft to the Aeronautics Division at Kent State University's College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. Today's announcement was made on the first day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which runs through Aug. 3.
"Kent State's Aeronautic Division is looking forward to taking delivery of these two new Piper single-engine trainers later this year," said Robert G. Sines, Jr., Dean of Kent State's College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. "They will become our newest training aircraft and operate from Kent State's Andrew Paton Field, one of the few university operated airports in the world."
The Kent State Aeronautics Program is the largest flight training school in Ohio and flies from Kent State University Airport in Stow, Ohio. The program has more than 500 students seeking degrees in Flight Technology, Aviation Management, Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology, Aeronautical Studies and Air Traffic Control.
"The two Arrow trainers will join Kent State's learning fleet of more than 20 single-engine and two twin-engine aircraft," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "They are the only complex single-engine trainers available today, and we are grateful to Dean Sines and Kent State for recognizing their proven track record of assisting student pilots to become full-fledged aviators."
About the Piper Arrow
The Piper Arrow is the only single-engine complex trainer aircraft built today. With familiar controls and similar handling characteristics as that of other Piper trainers, it provides an easy transition for students moving up to a more complex aircraft. It is powered by a 200 hp Lycoming piston engine and cruises at speeds in excess of 137 ktas. It features the Garmin G500 glass avionics suite.
About the Kent State Aeronautics Division
As an academic unit in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, the Aeronautics Division works in concert with business, government and industry to enhance technological literacy, education, and training in aviation that is essential to the socioeconomic well being and workforce development needs of Ohio and the nation. The Aeronautics Program's mission is fourfold: (1) to prepare students to function effectively as leaders and professionals in the highly dynamic field of aviation; (2) to prepare students for professional positions in flight operations; (3) to prepare students for administrative, managerial, operational, and technical positions in aviation; and (4) to provide students with the academic background and preparation necessary for successful graduate and advanced studies in aviation and allied academic disciplines.
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single-engine and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series - the Meridian, Mirage 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, 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.