Fri, Apr 07, 2006
Will Upgrade Existing Fleet Of Cessna 152s, 172s
announced Thursday that Spartan College of Aeronautics and
Technology has selected the SA160 to replace the school's existing
fleet of approximately 30 Cessna 152s and 10 172s. The Symphonys
will be heading to the flight line in Tulsa, OK beginning later
"It's amazing that this two-place aircraft allows us to replace
both models," Spartan President and CEO Brent Mills said. "The
Symphony 160... just better fit our needs."
"We flew over 10 different aircraft and decided to purchase the
SA 160s because of its superior workmanship, performance and
appearance," said Spartan's Chief Flight Instructor Bill Wyman.
"...Plus, it's a fun aircraft to fly."
As was reported in Aero-News in
February, the SA 160 has been making its present felt
in the training market of late, with Santa Barbara Flight Academy
and the Tidewater School Of Aeronautics also having recently
selected the two-place, FAR 23 certified for their flight training
"As a top world-recognized flight training college, Spartan flew
over 65,000 hours and 50,000 take-off and landings in 2005," said
Tim Baldwin, Symphony Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. "Their
students will appreciate [the SA 160's] powerful engine, sleek
design, unsurpassed comfort and advanced technology."
Spartan ordered both conventional and glass cockpit models of
the SA 160. The glass instrument aircraft feature Avidyne's Entegra
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