|VERO BEACH, FL. January 30th, 2023 – Today, Piper Aircraft announced the recent delivery of Pilot 100i S/N #100 to Paragon Flight Training. This manufacturing milestone comes as a result of collaboration between Piper Aircraft, our vendors, and valued flight school partners.
The Piper Pilot 100i was introduced in 2019 as the latest ideation of the Piper PA-28, now in production for over sixty years. It utilizes the robust PA-28-181 airframe with a third observer seat and a 180 HP Lycoming fuel injected engine. It also comes standard with the Garmin G3X touch avionics suite, complete with a G5 standby display, GFC 500 autopilot, and Electronic Stability Protection.
“Since our first delivery in 2020, the Pilot 100i has allowed for factory-new, reliable, and cost-effective aircraft to be in the hands of more flight schools and students than ever before” said Ron Gunnarson, Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support at Piper Aircraft. “Its impressive standard equipment list and competitive price point places it in a class of its own in a market that truly needs it.”
Paragon Flight Training, located at Page Field in Ft. Myers, Florida, took delivery of Pilot 100i S/N #100 at the end of December 2022. This aircraft is the 10th Pilot 100i delivered to Paragon in 2022, with more to follow this year. Additionally, Paragon added a factory-new Piper Seminole to their growing fleet at the end of 2022. Paragon Flight Training uses their advanced Piper fleet to help train their students from zero time to professional pilot, and is a member of the Piper Flight School Alliance.
“Our partnership with Piper, which solidified in early 2022, marked a milestone in the history of Paragon Flight. For our flight academy to now have the 100th Pilot 100i—the gold standard in quality flight training—as part of our growing fleet is both an honor and a reflection of our investment in the best training products available for developing the next generation of commercial pilots,” Paragon Flight Training President Chris Schoensee said.
Pilot 100i deliveries will resume in the new year with serial number 103. Piper Aircraft continues to expand production in response to increased demand from flight schools across the country, and looks forward to continuing to deliver the highest quality flight training aircraft to our valued Flight School Alliance partners.