Piper Aircraft is displaying the 1,000th Seminole piston twin this week at the Sun ‘n Fun (SNF) Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, in addition to publicly showing for the first time an FAA-certified Pilot 100i piston single. Its first Seminole rolled off the production line in 1979. The Pilot 100i, which the company launched at SNF 2019, won certification from the FAA in December.
The new Piper Pilot 100i rounds out Piper’s portfolio of training aircraft products, which also includes the Archer TX/DX, Arrow, and Seminole. Piper’s Pilot 100i offers a factory-new trainer priced under $300,000 and IFR equipped with digital autopilot.
“Adding the Pilot 100i to our training product line at a price point that provides optimal economics has opened the door for new aircraft purchases for many flight schools,” said Ron Gunnarson, Piper v-p of sales, marketing, and customer support. “We are experiencing robust demand with 2021 production currently sold out. We continue to conduct a U.S. demo tour of the Pilot 100i selling backlog into 2022.”
Piper is also exhibiting an M600 with its Halo safety system, which features Garmin Autoland, this week at the airshow.