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Qatar Aeronautical College acquires 14 Piper aircraft.

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DOHA THE Qatar Aeronautical College, the region's leading provider of airline pilot training, has acquired 14 new Piper aircraft.

The deliveries of the new aircraft is a part of the college programme to update its current fleet.

The 14 aircraft delivered by the American company consists of four Piper Seneca Vs and 10 Piper Archer IIIs.

Both organisations did not disclose the fleet purchase price.

However, the retail value of four new Piper Seneca Vs and 10 new Archer IIIs totals about $6.7 million.

In addition, Qatar Aeronautical College ordered its new fleet with advanced Garmin avionics.

The Seneca V trainers have 4-screen dual G600 systems and the Archers have 4-screen dual G500 systems.

The Qatar Aeronautical College was founded in 1975 as the Civil Aviation College of the Gulf States, with assistance from the United Nations Development Program.

It changed its name in 1996 to Qatar Aeronautical College, and its programs have expanded to include training not just for airline pilots but also for aircraft maintenance engineers, air traffic controllers, meteorologists, flight dispatchers airport operations managers.

The Pilot Training Division has its own building on campus with classrooms, briefing rooms, a library and a cafeteria, plus six simulators three single-engine and three twinengine.

"Piper is excited to be selected by a prestigious institution like Qatar Aeronautical College for this important fleet order," said Chuck W. Glass, the director of Piper's global flight training and fleet programs whose office is in Brunei.

"This sale reinforces that Piper has a strong reputation around the world for supplying reliable and efficient training aircraft for new pilots," he added.

The Seneca V is a twinengine piston aircraft powered by Continental TSIO- 360-RBs, each generating 220 horsepower with a 197 KTAS, 365 km/h maximum cruise and an 828 nm, 1,533 km range.

The single-engine Archer IIIs are powered by a 180 horsepower Lycoming 0- 360-A4M with 128 KTAS, 237 km/h cruise and 522 nm, 822 km range.

In later part of 2010, Piper had also announced the sale of six Piper Seminole multiengine piston-powered advanced training aircraft to Airline Transport Professionals, a North American firm specialising in airline pilot training and pilot career development.

Piper headquartered in Florida is a global force in aviation.

It offers efficient singleengine and twin-engine trainer, personal and business aircraft.

Piper Aircraft designs, manufactures, sells and supports the strongest and broadest single-engine product line in the industry, from high-performance pistons to turboprops to the world's most fuel-efficient seven-person business jet, the PiperJet Altaire.

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Date:Jan 31, 2011
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