Mon, Aug 01, 2011
Aircraft Sold At AirVenture, To Be Delivered Next Spring
A new Piper Aircraft twin-engine Seminole will join Redbird
Flight Simulations' innovative and multi-faceted aviation research
and development laboratory beginning in the first quarter of 2012.
Delivery of the training aircraft is set to occur next spring.
Cutter Piper Sales sold the airplane to Redbird Skyport of San
Marcos, Texas, where the airplane will be based at Oshkosh during
AirVenture 2011. Redbird Flight Simulations and other industry
partners are developing Redbird Skyport.
The Skyport laboratory is dedicated to developing new ways of
doing pilot training to help reduce the cost of training, reduce
the time required, and to improve safety. The team is focused on
creating new and Innovative curriculum to help make flight training
accessible to more individuals. Roger Sharp, general manager of
Redbird Skyport’s flight training laboratory, said, "Skyport
is excited about incorporating our new Piper Seminole into our
studies because this airplane is ideally suited to meet our mission
and it will enable us to develop real world solutions to the
challenges of flight training today."
"Piper Aircraft is very pleased to be a part of Skyport's
efforts to get more people involved in flight training," said Piper
Director of Marketing Jackie Carlon. "This great effort and others
we are pursuing will help our industry extend it's influence
throughout the world."
The new facility, designated Redbird Skyport will open on
November 8, 2011. Skyport is the culmination of the efforts of
Redbird Flight Simulations and King Schools and is supported by
GAMA, AOPA, and other industry partners. Skyport will be a first
step in developing solutions to the challenges of a shrinking pilot
population, staggering student drop-out rate and the ever
increasing cost of flight training. The innovative aviation
laboratory will include a full service FBO, flight school, and
aviation experience center. All aspects of the project will provide
a test bed for innovative hardware, software, business processes
and ideas with the goal of revitalizing general aviation.
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