Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Expands Fleet with 4 New Piper Aircraft to Serve Growing Pilot Demand

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May 20, 2024
Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Expands Fleet with 4 New Piper Aircraft to Serve Growing Pilot Demand

(TULSA, Okla.)Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology proudly announces the expansion of its training fleet with the acquisition of four pristine Piper Aircraft to be used at their Tulsa Flight Facility. This brings Spartan’s total Piper Archer training aircraft to 40 since December 2020. This strategic move is aimed at accommodating the increasing training demand for qualified pilots in the aviation sector.

Celebrating over 95 years of instruction in aviation education, Spartan College has been at the forefront of technical training for pilots and aviation maintenance professionals. With campuses in Tulsa, OK; Los Angeles Area; Inland Empire, CA Area; and Denver, CO Area, Spartan has welcomed students from all 50 states and over 40 countries, evidencing its global reach.

"Since Spartan’s establishment in 1928, we've seen over 100,000 students train for careers as pilots and mechanics. By continuing to expand our fleet of new aircraft, we are increasing our commitment not only to our present and future students but also to the aviation industry at large," says Rob Polston, CEO of Spartan College.

The Vero Beach-based aircraft manufacturer, Piper Aircraft, renowned for its production of the iconic Archer Aircraft since 1975, is responsible for the new additions to Spartan’s fleet. The Piper Archer is celebrated for its reliability and advanced technology, making it a staple in the training of novice aviators and flight schools globally.

“It is an honor to continue our partnership with Spartan College and provide them with 4 more Archers to support their premier flight program,” said John Calcagno, Piper Aircraft, Inc. President & CEO. “Piper Aircraft trainers are known for their reliability and ease of use, and that is why they are a top choice for flight training in the industry.”

This expansion of Spartan College's fleet is a key component of the institution's ongoing capital investment strategy, aimed at training and then supplying the aerospace and aviation sectors with a steady stream of adept, certified professionals ready to enter the workforce.

In response to the looming pilot shortage detailed in the most recent Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, Spartan College offers courses designed to quickly prepare students for FAA pilot certification exams. The comprehensive program equips students with the skills and experience required for multiple FAA part 141 pilot certifications in as few as 17 months.

“We are thrilled to introduce four new Piper Archers to the growing Spartan fleet.  The aircraft are equipped with the most current technology to enhance our students' training experience," explained Beau Schrader, vice president of flight operations at Spartan College. “The Piper Archers are outfitted with today’s avionics, including the Garmin G1000 NXi integrated flight deck.  Pilots will benefit from enhanced situational awareness, intuitive controls, and seamless navigation capabilities.”

If you are interested in learning more about Spartan’s Aviation Flight program visit spartan.edu/fly

About Spartan College

Established in 1928, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has trained over 100,000 pilots and technicians. The Tulsa, OK campus is licensed by the O.B.P.V.S. Campuses are located in the following areas: Tulsa, OK; Los Angeles, CA; Inland Empire, CA; and Denver, CO. Spartan students have come from across the United States and over 40 countries. To learn more and for consumer information, location of training, school licensing and accreditation visit www.Spartan.edu. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by campus and are subject to change. Third-party certifications and employment opportunities are not guaranteed. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Administrative office: Spartan Education Group, LLC, 1 N. Franklin St., Suite 2125, Chicago, IL 60606

About Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fl., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single and twin-engine aircraft and is the first general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world to certify Garmin Autoland. The single-engine M-Class series, the M700 FURY, M500, and M350, offers businesses and individuals elegant performance, value and a superior ownership experience. The Personal Class, Archer LX and Archer DLX balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in a piston-powered aircraft. The Trainer Class Pilot 100i, Archer TX, Archer DX, and Seminole aircraft form the most complete technically advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. To learn more about Piper Aircraft, visit the company’s website at www.piper.com.

About the Piper Archer TX 

As a classroom, the Piper Archer TX provides students everything needed to learn to fly safely. Standard instrumentation includes a Garmin G1000 NXi glass cockpit and G5 standby display, a perfect mixture of low workload and high technology. Piper’s specially created flight school interior, designed to withstand the rigors of flight training, is standard, and the option for factory-installed air conditioning adds to the Archer’s appeal as a training aircraft. Building on over sixty years of PA-28 manufacturing expertise, the Piper Archer TX stands in a class all its own when it comes to reliability, stability, and ease of operation for students and instructors alike.

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