Piper Aircraft, Inc. and Averett University have launched an Aviation Alliance to provide training aircraft as well as student scholarships, sponsorships, maintenance and instructor training, and enhanced marketing support.

The eight-year agreement includes new Piper Archer TX training aircraft for the University as well as training for their aircraft maintenance and instructor teams. Additionally, Piper will provide enhanced support by offering sponsorships and scholarships.

“Piper is thrilled that Averett University has agreed to join the prestigious group of flight training institutions who have formed aviation alliances with us. We are even more pleased to be part of Averett’s growing flight program and look forward to supporting their promotional initiatives as they recruit some of the best and brightest talent,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott.

“This agreement with Piper Aircraft is the final piece of the puzzle for our Aviation program,” said Travis Williams, Chief Flight Instructor at Averett University. “Everything else was already in place, including a quality program with great staff and facilities, and now we have added, in my opinion, the premier training aircraft in the world with the Piper Archer fuel injected G1000 nxi, which will help prepare our students for their continued success after graduation.” ”

About the Archer TX

The Archer TX includes the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics package which incorporates moderns processing power that supports faster map rendering and smoother panning throughout the displays. Saving valuable time in the cockpit, the displays initialize within seconds after start-up, providing immediate access to frequencies, flight plan data and more. Also included is the Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) (GSU 75), an Aspen Electronic Standby System (EFD-1000), a solid state 3-axis Magnetometer (GMU 44), Dual IFR Enroute/Approach and WAAS Certified GPS systems and Nav/Comm (16 watt) radios (GIA 63Ws), an Electronic Engine Indication System (EIS), a Mode S Transponder with ADS-B in / out capability (GTX 345), Digital Audio Panel (GMA 1347), Traffic Information Systems (TIS), and Terrain and Obstacle Mapping round out the standard equipment on the TX. The Archer TX comes standard equipped with a 180 hp Lycoming engine, offers 128 ktas / 237 km/h cruise speed. An optional fuel injected Lycoming IO-360-B4A engine is also available.