Piper Aircraft Inc. has delivered three twin-engine piston-powered Training Class Piper Seminole aircraft to the UND Aerospace Foundation, which provides training and aircraft for the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
The pilot training aircraft, delivered in December of 2014, are now part of the Aviation Department’s training fleet of more than 120 aircraft. Piper Seminoles are the training aircraft of choice for UND’s multi-engine and MEI flight courses.
The new Seminoles are fully IFR equipped with Garmin G1000 avionics and GFC 700 autopilots. Delivery of these three new trainers adds to the University’s fleet of 17 Avidyne-equipped Seminole aircraft-planes that UND plans to replace with Garmin G1000-equipped Seminoles over coming years.
“These Piper multi-engine trainers come equipped with modern glass cockpits and autopilots to provide our students the greatest knowledge and give them the technical abilities and most modern proficiencies available today,” said Dr. Bruce Smith, Dean of the University Of North Dakota John D. Odegard School Of Aerospace Sciences. “These new Piper Seminoles will assist our Aviation Department in graduating pilots with exceptional aviation skills and abilities.”
“The Piper Seminole is clearly the best multi-engine piston-powered trainer available,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “Its ability to perform advanced maneuvers and procedures skillfully and safely continues to earn the appreciation of students and instructors. We are flattered that UND Aerospace exclusively flies our twin-engine piston-powered trainers to prepare students for their next level of flight training.”