UND Inks Deal for 112 Piper Trainers

University’s purchase order for piston singles and twins runs through 2023.

University of North Dakota Piper
From left: Bruce Smith, dean of the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota, and Piper CEO Simon Caldecott.Stephen Pope

Piper Aircraft continues to find success in the flight training market, the most recent evidence coming today at Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, with the announcement that UND Aerospace has placed an order for 112 piston singles and twins.

The deal, which includes a mix of Piper Archers and Seminoles, calls for deliveries to start in the fourth quarter and run through the next eight years.

The University of North Dakota operates one of the country’s largest training fleets comprised mainly of Arrows and Seminoles, as well as a number of Cessna Skyhawks and other models. The new Archer TX models will replace UND’s Skyhawks.

"This is an important order for the UND," said Bruce Smith, dean of the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. "We see Piper as an essential partner in producing the next generation of pilots. Its aircraft enables our students to become familiar with the most advanced systems in aviation trainers, which will prepare them well to fill the growing demand for high-quality pilots."