Piper Aircraft has delivered the first Archer TX to the University of North Dakota's (UND) school of aerospace sciences – the initial aircraft from an April 2016 order for 80 of the piston-singles, as well as 20 Seminole piston-twins.

The aircraft will replace the US training school’s fleet of ageing Cessna 172s and Seminoles. A further seven Archers and four Seminoles are scheduled for delivery before year-end.

Archer TX

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UND describes the handover as a “milestone” that “marks the beginning of the training school’s transformation”. It says: "We are rejuvenating our fleet with the rugged Archer TX and Seminole in order to provide our students with the latest, state-of-the-art trainers in the business."

The Archer TXs for UND feature a fuel-injected Lycoming IO-360-B4A engine, Garmin G1000 flightdeck and Piper’s bespoke flight school interior – designed, the airframer says, “to withstand the rigours of flight training”.

Source: Flight International