Piper Pilot 100i Earns EASA Approval


Piper Aircraft has announced that its IFR-capable Pilot 100i single-engine trainer has earned approval from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Based on the Piper Archer, the aircraft received its FAA certification last December alongside the Pilot 100 VFR-only version. The models were introduced at Sun ‘n Fun 2019.

“We are eager to bring the Pilot 100i into the European market and provide flight schools with an aggressively priced, proven trainer,” said John Calcagno, interim president and CEO of Piper. “With the growing demand for professional pilots, it is important that we bring to market a more affordable solution with optimal economics for operators to help schools manage their overall training costs.”

The Piper Pilot 100i is powered by the Lycoming IO-360-B4A engine and comes equipped with Garmin’s G3X Touch flight display and GFC 500 autopilot. It offers a top cruise speed of 128 knots and range of 522 NM. The price point for the Pilot 100i is $298,900.

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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  1. Why does an already type certificated airplane have to receive MORE approvals from Government agencies? I didn’t see anything too far out of the ordinary when I looked at them at SnF. The Garmin display is a known entity. No wonder airplanes cost SO much !

    • It has always been like this and the US or the FAA therefore, are not the center of the world. Every Country or Union has their own focus and systems in place when it comes to certification – yet a lot is similar through ICAO commitments and bilateral agreements (FAA and EASA) which slimline the process a lot!
      BUT, things like the massive B737MAX mess are making turn things backward. When the FAA as a government agency is delegating their tasks to people of a Company (like boeing) with massive conflicts of interest and pressure of beeing let-go, then the whole system is broken.
      Not everything is as simple and easy to judge as it seems.
      There is good AND bad reason why aircraft and their certification are expensive 😉