G1000-Equipped Archer Gets FAA Nod

** Piper Archer**

Piper has received FAA type certificate approval to install Garmin G1000 avionics in its single-engine Archer model. Widely used as an ab initio trainer, the Archer is powered by a 180 hp Lycoming O-360 A4M engine and cruises at 128 knots. Archers come in two models, the LX and TX, priced at $341,900 and $331,500 respectively.

Deliveries of G1000-equipped Piper Archers will begin later this year, starting with eight going to Florida Institute of Technology's College of Aeronautics and 22 to CAE Oxford Aviation Academy. Both training organizations also hold options for more G1000-equipped Archer TXs.

The G1000 will replace the G500 avionics currently installed in Piper's Archers. President and CEO Simon Caldecott said, "We are pleased the pilot training marketplace has validated this development with two significant fleet orders."

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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