Piper's South American Support Network Bolstered by Horizontal de Aviacion

Vero Beach, Fla., Nov. 28, 2011 - Piper Aircraft's global customer support network has been strengthened with the addition of well-respected Horizontal de Aviación S.A.S. at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia as an approved Piper Service Center.

Horizontal de Aviación and Global Wings LLC, Boca Raton, Fla., Piper's dealer in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and the Caribbean, have entered into a service agreement that was approved recently by Piper Aircraft, according to Piper Director of Sales for the Americas Drew McEwen.

"Horizontal de Aviación, under the leadership of Gerente General Pablo Quintero Barco, is a reliable aircraft maintenance organization that excels at taking care of its customers," McEwen said. "We are pleased to welcome the operation into the Piper family of customer care providers."

Horizontal de Aviación, in business for more than 20 years, has nearly 52,000 square feet (4,800 square meters) of airplane hangars, and office space. It is approved to work on all Piper airplane models. In addition to Piper models, the company also works on Hawker Beechcraft, Twin Commander and Cessna aircraft.

"The Piper fleet in Colombia consists of more than 300 registered aircraft and our organization stands ready to meet or exceed the maintenance needs of the owners these aircraft," said Gerente General Pablo Quintero Barco. Colombia, which is nearly twice the size of Texas, has terrain that includes flat coastal lowlands, central highlands, high Andes Mountains, and lowland plains.

"The performance of Piper airplanes is ideally suited to the varied terrain and distances of within Colombia," said Nick Schneider, Global Wings president. ""As Piper's dealer throughout the Caribbean and the northern tier of South America, we are pleased to add Horizontal de Aviación as our principal service provider in Colombia because we expect the fleet maintenance needs to grow as the number of airplanes in the country grows."

About Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft, Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida. A global force in aviation, Piper is an investment of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Brunei. The company offers efficient single-engine and twin-engine trainer, personal and business aircraft. With economical acquisition and operating costs, Piper airplanes deliver the best value available today and into the future. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

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