SOURCE: True Flight Aerospace

March 24, 2008 15:21 ET

True Flight Aerospace's New Tiger 4-Place Airplane Spotlighted at 2008 National Training Aircraft Conference as Industry Gears Up for Significant Increase in New Commercial and Private Pilots

DAYTONA BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - March 24, 2008) - At the just-concluded Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 2008 National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS 2008), here, a special session on "What's new in Part 23 training aircraft" spotlighted the new 180 hp, 4-place Tiger from True Flight Aerospace (, in addition to products from Cessna, Cirrus, Diamond, Liberty, and Piper.

According to Kevin Lancaster, President and CEO of Valdosta, Georgia-based True Flight Aerospace, recently certified manufacturer of the new Tiger, "This was an ideal opportunity to present the new Tiger to one of the fastest-growing segments of the aviation industry. There are over 200 aeronautical universities in the United States, already meeting tremendous demand from international airlines for pilots.

"Many of those airlines are sending their candidates to the US for training," continued Mr. Lancaster. "For example, Far East training company representatives are offering $100,000 per year for flight instructors for Citation jets -- a dream job here in the US. China and India have expressed needs for 20,000-30,000 pilots each over the next 10 years."

Mr. Lancaster added, "Even better news is the United States requiring 111,0000 new pilots during the same period just to maintain current scheduled operations and modest growth. Worldwide, the need is over 200,000 pilots, making the manufacture of new training aircraft, developing curricula and hiring a small army of instructors a fast-track growth industry."

Assisting Mr. Lancaster in presenting the new Tiger and its applicability as a training aircraft was Herb Hortman, President of Hortman Aviation, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. He is an active Continental Airlines pilot and owner of an FAA Part 141 professional flight school and Part 135 air charter business. Hortman Aviation has operated most of the popular airplane brands and was able to numerically demonstrate the advantages of the new Tiger which his school utilizes extensively -- over 15 are presently available on the Hortman Aviation flight school ramp.

About True Flight Aerospace®

True Flight Aerospace is a privately-held Georgia company that recently acquired Tiger Aircraft, LLC and the rights to the original Grumman designs including the updated AG-5B Tiger, a sporty single-engine model. True Flight Aerospace also obtained the type certificates and rights to manufacture four models of related aircraft. Plans include several option levels ranging from a basic VFR aircraft all the way up to the Garmin G-1000 electronic flight deck. The company is located at 2950 Madison Highway, Valdosta, GA, 31602. Telephone 229-242-6337, or visit

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. The university educates more than 34,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., through its Worldwide Campus at more than 130 centers in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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