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Types of Flight Training Airplanes in Your Flight School

Types of Flight Training Airplanes in Your Flight SchoolYou never forget the first airplane you fly. No matter how many other aircraft you may pilot, that first trainer will always have a special place in your heart and your logbook. When you are researching a flight school for your flight training, ask questions about the fleet used and its maintenance.

Piper Fleet

Piper offers a comprehensive line of aircraft for every general aviation mission, from piston-powered trainers and high-performance aircraft for business use to turbine-powered business aircraft. Fleet operators around the world can look to Piper to meet a wide variety of missions. More specifically, Piper is the only general aviation manufacturer that can offer a full-line of flight training aircraft. In fact, flight training schools around the world are finding both financial and logistical reasons for going full-line, and they are choosing Piper as their supplier.

Piper offers the most rugged, reliable and attractive training fleet in the air. From the dependable, primary, fixed-gear Warrior III, to the complex single engine Arrow, to the multi-engine, advanced-training Seminole, Piper offers you a complete, versatile fleet of trainers that advances with your students.

The Fleet Sales Department at Piper has been successful in building important relationships and partnerships with top-notch fleet operators and flight schools. Whether you are looking to create or replace a fleet of training or business aircraft, Piper will be the right choice (source).

FAA orders fleet-wide inspections on four Piper models

Thousands of Piper Aircraft owners are required to inspect a historically problematic component for cracks and make replacements as necessary.

The airworthiness directive published on 5 February affects 34,013 aircraft in the US registry – the entire fleet of PA-28 Cherokees, PA-32 Cherokee Sixes, PA-34 Senecas and PA-44 Seminoles older than 15 years.

The US Federal Aviation Administration estimates the cost of the 5h inspection on the horizontal stabilator control system at $425 per aircraft, or $14.5 million across the US fleet. Replacement parts and labour adds another $1,458 per aircraft to the total bill.

Piper owners and federal regulators have long been aware of failures caused by assembly errors on a Bell-Memphis-built turnbuckle in the horizontal stabilator. Investigators have linked the problem to 14 failures on Pipers and one on a Cessna 172.

In August, the FAA proposed a new rulemaking requiring another round of inspections and replacement parts, but this time making the checks mandatory to maintain airworthiness of the aircraft.
Piper has previously recommended inspections of the control cable assembly, issuing two service bulletings to operators since 2010.

“Piper is proud of its overall fleet safety record and is diligent in assuring the safest operations possible for the thousands of Piper owners and operators throughout the world,” the comapny says (full details, source).

Aircraft & Maintenance at Aviator Flight Training Academy

Aviator fleet consists of 11 multi-engine and 19 single engine aircraft.

The Aviator fleet is made up of multi-engine and single-engine aircraft. The primary aircraft used in our training programs are the Beechcraft BE-76 Duchess, Piper Warrior III PA-128, and the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, all are well known as training aircraft the world over. Our fleet also includes a Piper Arrow and a J-3 Cub. All aircraft are maintained in our maintenance facilities located here at the St. Lucie County International Airport. We average more than 35,000 hours of flight time per year. They are all equipped for VFR and IFR flight per FAR 91.205 (except the J-3 Cub which is VFR Day only).

Beechcraft BE-76 Duchess

The Beechcraft Duchess, also known at the BE-76, was designed as a general aviation, light twin training aircraft. A little sister to the Beechcraft Baron, the Duchess was chosen by Aviator as our multi-engine training aircraft because of the durability built into the product by Beechcraft. All of the Duchess aircraft at Aviator are equipped for instrument operations with an HSI and a VOR; many of the aircraft also have an ADF. Because the future is area navigation (RNAV), we have multiple aircraft equipped with Garmin 430 GPS systems. Having a broad range of learning options is the best way to help ensure future employment. The Duchess fleet is currently being upgraded to ASPEN glass cockpits. Several aircraft are equipped with weather radar and/or lightning strike detectors.

Cessna 172 Skyhawk

The Cessna 172 is the most widely used primary training aircraft in the world. Aviator uses the Cessna for private pilot and single engine training with Garmin EFIS Systems.

Piper Warrior III PA – 128

Aviator College welcomes it’s new fleet of Piper Warrior III airplanes equipped with Avadyne EFIS Systems.


Aviator has its own in-house maintenance facility, a 13,000 square foot environmentally approved hangar. Maintenance is under the supervision of the FAA. All technicians hold Airplane & Powerplant Certificates or better. Maintenance is open six days a week.


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