Big Bend receives three new aircraft for pilot program

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Chief Flight instructor John Marc Swedburg and flight instructor Daelan Mahoney check out one of three new 2018 Piper Archer airplanes purchased by the Big Bend Community College Aviation program.

One of three new 2018 Piper Archer airplanes purchased by the Big Bend Community College Aviation program.

One of three new 2018 Piper Archer airplanes purchased by the Big Bend Community College Aviation program.

An inside look at one of three new 2018 Piper Archer airplanes purchased by the Big Bend Community College Aviation program.

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Another inside look at one of three new 2018 Piper Archer airplanes purchased by the Big Bend Community College Aviation program.

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There is room for four inside the new 2018 Piper Archer airplanes purchased by the Big Bend Community College Aviation program.

The Big Bend Community College pilot program logo featured on the new 2018 Piper Archers airplanes.

Photos by the Big Bend Community College Office of Communications

 

By CHERYL SCHWEIZER of the COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD

MOSES LAKE — Two single-engine trainers stood outside the Big Bend Community College pilot training center Monday morning, gleaming in the sun.

An instructor crossing the tarmac admired them as he walked by. “They shine when they’re brand-new, don’t they?” he said.

And they still have that new-plane smell.

The four-seat Piper Archers arrived Thursday, with a third due this week, said John Marc Swedburg, director of BBCC’s commercial pilot training program. A flight simulator that uses the same instrumentation is scheduled to arrive by September.

Students haven’t flown them yet because some Federal Aviation Administration approval still is required. But they should be taking to the air “pretty quick,” he said.

The three new aircraft and simulator will bring BBCC’s pilot training fleet to 26 total planes and three simulators, Swedburg said.

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