Piper Unveils Pilot 100 Trainer


Piper Aircraft announced the addition of a new PA-28-based trainer aircraft on Tuesday at Sun ‘n Fun 2019 in Lakeland, Florida. According to Piper, the VFR-only Pilot 100 and the IFR-capable Pilot 100i version were designed to meet “the need for a new trainer aircraft at a price point that could support the growing demand for professionally trained pilots.” The Pilot 100 and 100i are powered by Continental’s 180-HP Prime IO-370-D3A engine.

“With the unprecedented demand for professional pilots, our team worked closely with several key suppliers to deliver an aggressively priced, proven trainer that offers the advanced systems and performance that flight schools and airline programs of all sizes desire,” said Piper CEO Simon Caldecott. “We are excited to add the Pilot 100 series to our training product line at a price point that provides optimal economics for all operators.”

Base price for the Garmin G3X Touch-equipped Pilot 100 is $259,000. The Pilot 100i starts at $285,000 and comes equipped with Garmin’s G3X Touch, GFC500 autopilot and GNX 375. It has a maximum cruise speed of 128 KTAS, a 522-NM range with a 45-minute reserve, and seats two, with an optional third-seat configuration. Piper says both versions of the aircraft will be available on a limited basis beginning in 2020.