VERO BEACH, Fla., April 12, 2011 – Next stop for Piper Aircraft’s single-engine Altaire jet mockup is this week, April 15, near Westminster, Md. at Skytech Inc., located on the Carroll County Regional Airport. The mockup of the high performance very light business jet then travels to Columbia Aircraft Sales’ locations at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, for exhibit April 18 and April 20 for display at the Groton-New London Airport. Also on April 22 it will be at Marshfield Airport in Bedford, Mass.
During May it will be near Wichita, Kan. at the Great Plains Air Expo in Salina May 11, and in Kansas City at Johnson County Executive Airport May 12 for display at both locations by (KCAC) Kansas City Aviation Center. It then travels to Nashville, Tenn. and Destin, Fla. with SouthEast Piper.
In June, it will make stops in Georgia, Florida and Massachusetts. It will then stop in Chicago on its way to exhibit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 in July. At the end of the year, it will have been on display in 16 states and Canada.
Piper Aircraft's high-performance single-engine very light business jet gives customers a spacious cabin to complement efficient acquisition and operating costs. It is an elegant blend of efficiency, cabin volume, range, payload and speed.
Conforming Articles Underway
Piper has committed 175 engineering personnel to the jet program. Detailed design drawings are being released at the scheduled pace and top-level assembly drawings are in progress. First production parts for the first of four conforming articles have been produced and the company is on schedule for first flight of conforming articles in 2012.
Tooling, Facilities In Progress
Piper has selected all Tier 1 vendors, including Hampson/GTS, which has resident tool designers on site and will be delivering tools over the next 12 months. Renovation for the future Altaire production facility will be complete by this summer. The building will be tooled and ready for aircraft production during 2012. Construction of the static test rig for FAA structural testing requirements has begun and will be complete this year.
Price point for the Piper Altaire is $2.5 million, with a typically equipped aircraft priced at $2.6 million. The Piper Altaire costs an average of 25 percent less to operate per hour than comparable production very light jets. The round fuselage and new wing provide all the performance and cabin improvements of a clean sheet aircraft coupled with the proven reliability of Piper’s manufacturing techniques honed over the decades with the company’s lineup of reliable airplanes, including M-class aircraft – the Meridian, Malibu and Matrix.
The Altaire has dynamic crew and passenger seats for increased safety and comfort. The airplane also has comfortable club seating in the spacious cabin with an optional seventh seat located across the aisle from the entry door. A lavatory, storage compartment, or entertainment center is easily interchangeable for that seat. With a wide drop-down aisle, no wing spar intrusion, LED lighting, and dual controlled environmental system, The Piper Altaire’s interior has been styled for superior passenger comfort.
Piper Altaire maximum range is targeted at 1,300 nautical miles with a maximum cruise speed planned at 360 knots. The airplane is planned to fly 1,200 nautical miles with a payload of 800 pounds. Certification and first customer deliveries are planned for 2014.
Piper Aircraft has started fabrication and assembly will begin in August of the first conforming flight test article of the company's new and efficient single engine Altaire business jet.
While fourth quarter and full-year Piper deliveries will not be announced until February 2011, production activity during 2010 was up by more than 75 percent compared to 2009.
Piper Aircraft Inc. is conducting a global PiperJet Altaire Supplier Symposium here this week as the company moves forward on certification of the single-engine business jet program.
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