MOSES LAKE — Members of Big Bend Community College’s Board of Trustees, Senator Judy Warnick, and State Representative Tom Dent all got an up close and personal tour of the three new Piper Archer aircraft that were recently delivered to the college.
The four-seat Piper Archers arrived last month and a flight simulator that mirrors the new aircrafts’ avionics will be delivered this summer. Big Bend Commercial Pilot instructors are currently logging the mandated training hours in the new airplanes and students should be in the cockpits within the next two weeks.
Each of the new aircraft was purchased for about $350,000 with monies from student lab fees with the new simulator carrying a similar price tag.
The new planes bring the Big Bend program’s current fleet to 26 planes. Big Bend’s Aviation program has been in existence since 1965 and boasts pilots in almost every major airline in the country.
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