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2008 Piper Warrior with pilot Don Judy

Today we fly another one of the mainstays of the private pilot training fleet, the four-seat single engine Piper Warrior. And check it: this one’s got a glass panel! I’m David Allen, and I’m about to take you into the cockpit of Other People’s Airplanes.

We are back at Melbourne International Airport on Florida’s Space Coast. Since 1968, FIT Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Florida Institute of Technology, has called the Melbourne Airport home. With their fleet of over 50 aircraft, including one Citabria, they can train you in just about anything you want. Obviously most of the students are also enrolled in the college, but they do take walk-ins. Their fleet consist of Piper Warriors, Arrows, and Seminoles, Garmin G1000-equipped Cessnas, and the aforementioned Citabria, and the on-site maintenance facility keeps them all running at peak performance.

A great many pilots have executed their primary training in the Piper Warriors. This particular Warrior features a glass panel with an Avidyne avionics package. I have little experience flying glass, so this should be an adventure.

Our pilot today is Donald Judy, a CFI, CFII, AGI, and LSJSC with over 3500 hours of total time, and 2000 hours of dual instruction given. Don has flown everything from the Cessna 150 to the King Air cC90 and the Commander 690, but is partial to the T-34 Mentor.

Huge thanks to Donald and FIT Aviation. You can find out more about FIT Aviation and the programs they have to offer by clicking right here.

As always, thanks so much for watching. I love bring you all along for the ride. Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

Now I’m gonna go see if I can weasel my way into that Citabria for a little hang time. Smoke on!

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