US-based ATP Flight School has accepted delivery of eight Archer TXs from Piper Aircraft – the largest single Archer delivery to-date for ATP.
These aircraft are part of a deal between Piper and ATP, announced last year, for the purchase of up to 100 of the single-engine trainers. With a retail value of $37 million, this fleet order is ATP’s second, with 114 Archers already in operation.
“Piper Aircraft is proud of our continuous partnership with ATP Flight School. The well-rounded pilot training curriculum offered by ATP combined with advanced Piper training aircraft with the latest in Garmin avionics continues to strengthen ATP’s stellar reputation for providing well-trained pilots who are prepared for the demands of the aviation industry,” said Simon Caldecott, Piper President and CEO.
All eight of the newly delivered aircraft will be placed into service at ATP’s Dallas locations, supporting the Envoy Air Cadet Program. In this program, Envoy Air – American Airlines’ largest regional carrier – offers students and instructors a flow-through agreement to American Airlines and financial assistance. ATP is the largest participant in the Envoy Air Cadet Program.
“ATP has placed over 500 pilots with Envoy Air and has the most pilots enrolled in the Cadet Program. Our students and instructors recognize ATP as the most efficient path to a pilot career at American Airlines,” said Justin Dennis, ATP President. “We are proud to make this investment to support our students’ and instructors’ success and to support the pilot supply for Envoy and American.
The Piper Archer has been a proven asset in the Airline Career Pilot Program, with 92,000 hours flown in the last 12 months. Providing our students and instructors with access to safe and technically advanced aircraft is key to ensuring they are positioned for successful airline pilot careers. With ATP’s next Piper order, we remain committed to investing in our students’ success and in our ability to meet the unprecedented airline demand for professionally trained pilots.”
This recent delivery is one of many for 2019, with 22 additional Piper Archers scheduled for delivery to ATP through the end of the year.