In addition to the firm 15-aircraft fleet order,
ATP has options for 85 additional Archers for
delivery in the future. These will be the first
single-engine Piper training aircraft in ATP’s
fleet as it transitions to predominantly Piper
The latest order is in addition to a 30-airplane
Piper Seminole fleet option placed with Piper by
ATP in 2011. The 15th aircraft delivered in that
transaction is on display at the Piper Booth
#MD-18 at SUN ‘n FUN.
All of the new ATP airplanes under the
agreements with Piper will be equipped with
Garmin G500 glass cockpit avionics suites. The
G500 is a PFD/MFD dual-screen electronic flight
display. Dual 6.5-in. LCDs, mounted side-
by-side in the bezel, put both Primary Flight
Display (PFD) and Multifunction Display (MFD)
capabilities directly in instructor and student
field of view to help streamline instrument
scanning and enhance situational awareness.
"This large follow-on fleet transaction clearly
shows continued confidence on the part of ATP in
Piper Aircraft. Our training aircraft have
proven themselves with millions of hours of
rugged flight school training around the world,"
says Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott.
"ATP is transitioning our fleet to Pipers
because these airplanes offer rugged dispatch
reliability, technological flexibility in
cockpit avionics and instrumentation and
operational economy,” said ATP Vice President
Jim Koziarski. ATP currently operates 107 Piper
Seminoles, five Diamond DA40s, 93 Cessna
Skyhawks and a CitationJet.