PiperSport No. 3 A Training Plane

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Deliveries of the PiperSport LSA began officially at this year's Sun 'n Fun and it didn't take long for one to find its way into a training fleet. PiperSport serial no. 3 was delivered to First Landings Aviation at Apopka Airport in Orlando recently and became the first PiperSport to be used for flying lessons. First Landings specializes in sport pilot training and the low-wing PiperSport complements the high-wing Remos G3 already used by the company. First Landings even managed to beat Piper to the punch in putting the PiperSport, which is made in the Czech Republic and was formerly known as a the Sportcruiser, into revenue service. Piper will soon open a flight school in Brunei, whose government is the principal investor in the company.

A Brunei newspaper says Piper plans to open a flight academy in 2011 and will eventually have about 20 aircraft. When Brunei's government took over as lead investors in Piper 13 months ago, part of the motivation was to expand the local aerospace industry and train more pilots. The Sultan of Brunei, one of the world's richest monarchs, is an experienced pilot who often flies his own $230 million 747. Piper already has four aircraft in Brunei, including two PiperSports, a Warrior and Seneca, and is interviewing companies from Australia, North America and Europe to provide the training.