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Cessna 172R

American Flyers started in 1939. Between 1939 and the mid-1950’s we used a variety of aircraft. When Cessna introduced the Cessna 172 in the mid-1950s, we began to standardize our fleet to the Cessna 172. This was done primarily because of the roominess and stability of the 172 and the avionics offered at the time. Standardizing our training fleet also offered benefits in terms of instructor standardization and maintenance training for our mechanics. Additionally, it was easier and much more efficient to maintain an inventory for a single aircraft model than for several different models.
It did not take long for American Flyers to become one of the largest operators of Cessna aircraft in the world. The Cessna 172 proved to be an ideal airframe when matched with new avionics. When Cessna began introducing the G1000 avionics suite, we decided to maintain at least half of our fleet with round dials (legacy configuration) and the other half with G1000. Again, the Cessna 172 was able to provide a stable platform for both. The round dial aircraft are used for primary and initial instrument training to enhance situational awareness in the student. As with most manufacturers, Cessna stopped supporting the concept of round dial (legacy) instruments in their aircraft, which caused us to look for alternative platforms.

Piper 100i

Piper Aircraft has been manufacturing aircraft since the mid-1920s. A few years ago, the President of Piper met with us and asked us what we wanted in a training aircraft. In addition to capabilities and seating, we also asked for round dial (legacy) avionics. We visited Piper at Oshkosh two years ago, and they showed us the aircraft that they developed. It looked nice, but it did not have round dial avionics. This is what it would take to get us to move to a whole new airframe for training. We thought the discussion was over until their Sales Manager brought us out to the airplane. This was the first time we had a chance to see the G3X avionics suite. He pushed a few buttons, and the PFD changed from glass to round dial. We knew at that moment that we were switching to Piper as our primary trainer.
The Piper 100i’s have proven to be reliable and comfortable aircraft. They are slightly faster than the Cessna 172 and resemble a cross section of what our students purchase after earning their certificates. The Piper Pilot 100i allows us to stick to our primary learning principles by using the round dial configuration. The glass configuration is slowly introduced into the training process to ensure that the student understands attitude flying and basic navigation and has established their situational awareness.

Piper PA-44 Seminole 

The Piper Seminole is the most popular Multi-Engine aircraft trainer today, and it is a joy to fly. Its basic systems are like what the student has been flying during their primary training. It is a relatively fast transition for students from the Piper Pilot 100i into the Seminole.
The counter-rotating propellers add an additional level of safety to the training environment. Constant Pitch Propellers and Retractable Landing Gear provide the student with an excellent complex aircraft platform on which to learn. Transitioning to other Multi-Engine aircraft from the Seminole is straightforward.
multi-engine rating

Flight Simulators :

Frasca RTD

Since its inception, American Flyers incorporated simulator training in all its programs. In fact, we purchased Frasca’s first simulator in the early 1950s. In the last 10 – 20 years, simulation technology and fidelity have come a long way. What we call simulators in General Aviation are Advanced Aviation Training Devices. A few years ago, American Flyers met with Frasca and asked them to build a “back to basics” trainer for our schools. It took the better part of a year to accomplish this task, and they came through again as they have always done in the past. The result was the RTD which allows us to use one device to train our students on both legacy (round dial) instrument and glass panels. The flexibility of these devices enables us to tailor each trainer session to the exact needs of our students without sacrificing any of the quality of education.


The Garmin G1000 NXi software is the latest technology in integrated cockpit avionics. By incorporating the software into the Frasca RTD, users are able to learn correct procedures and habits as all menus and buttons represent the avionics that students will find in the aircraft. The revolutionary design of the Garmin G1000 NXi brings higher levels of situational awareness and safety to the cockpit.
  • Customizable Display
  • Advanced AHRS Architecture
  • Look to the Future in Virtual 3-D
  • Ability to integrate local Weather, Radio and Traffic