Piper Aircraft and ATP Flight School has announced the signing of a second 100 aircraft fleet order. The original aircraft order for 100 Archer TXs was placed in April of 2013 and will be fulfilled by Q4 of this year.

ATP’s original Archer order was placed in April of 2013, which included the initial purchase of 15 Archer TX with the option for 85 additional Archers. Over the past 5 years, ATP has exercised these options and has taken delivery of Piper Archers each year and will reach 100 aircraft delivered by October 2018.

The second order for 100 Archer TXs will bring ATP’s fleet to over 400 aircraft – increasing the school’s capacity in an effort to help with the U.S. pilot shortage.

“We are delighted with ATP’s continued confidence in Piper Aircraft and our trainer products. Their consistent pace of aircraft orders and deliveries is a testament to the training equipment that we manufacture but also an indication of the growing demand for pilots and the resulting increase in pilot training activity,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “Our training aircraft sales continue to grow given the unmatched performance and operating costs that these airplanes offer.”

About the Piper Archer TX

Piper Archer TX standard instrumentation includes the Garmin G1000 NXi glass cockpit system. Piper’s specially created flight school interior, designed to withstand the rigors of flight training, is standard. The Piper Archer TX is powered by the 180 hp Lycoming 0-360-A4M and offers 128 ktas cruise speed.

About Greg Thomson

Greg started his professional pilot journey in 2002 after graduating from Embry Riddle. Since that time he has accumulated over 7,000 hours working as a pilot. Greg’s professional experience includes flight instructing, animal tracking, backcountry flying, forest firefighting, passenger charter, part 135 cargo, and flying for a regional airline. Greg took a 5 year hiatus from flying and worked in software development and marketing. He has since returned to flying as a cargo pilot. Greg enjoys educating and helping pilots improve their professional lives and is passionate about applying technology and new methods to help with traditional challenges.