Flight Schools Go For Glass

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Private pilots may be wowed by glass-cockpit technology, but they've been slow to adopt it. One market that is warming up quickly is flight schools. "It makes sense when you're talking about training tomorrow's pilots," said New Piper CEO Chuck Suma, as his company delivered two new Warrior IIIs to Downing College, in Shirley, N.Y., earlier this month. Both aircraft are equipped with the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra System. Martin Holley, dean of Dowling College's School of Aviation, said training on advanced glass avionics will become a requirement for flight-school graduates looking for careers in aviation. "This is the future of general aviation," he said. "These aircraft will give our students the uncompromised functionality required in our industry today."