Piper Appoints NAC as Authorized Distributor for Southern Africa

VERO BEACH, Fla., March 9, 2011 – Piper Aircraft Inc. has appointed National Airways Corp. (NAC) as the company’s Authorized Distributor for Sub-Saharan Africa, effective immediately. NAC, through its wholly owned subsidiary 43 Air School, is the largest Piper fleet operator in Africa.

“NAC’s proven expertise with the Piper product line, its Piper fleet experience and proven aviation success in Africa makes its choice as our authorized distributor in the region a natural,” says Piper Executive Vice President Randy Groom. “NAC serves the area very well and we are looking forward to expanding our presence and market share in the region.”

NAC’s Executive Director: Aircraft Sales JP Fourie says, “Piper Aircraft offers a complete line of the highest quality aircraft for everyone - from new pilots to adventure-seekers to serious business travelers, helping realize the flying dreams of any pilot. NAC offers customers a depth and breadth of aviation expertise, underpinned by reliability, maintainability, endurance and state-of-the-art technology. This will usher in a new era for Piper owners and enthusiasts of unparalleled product support. Piper sales offices will be located at NAC’s new private aviation facility at Wonderboom Airport, outside Pretoria and 43 Air School in Port Alfred, giving the Piper brand broad geographic coverage, supported by excellent knowledge of the Piper market.”

About NAC

National Airways Corporation was established in 1946, offering one of South Africa's first air charter services. Over the years, the company has spread its wings, becoming the largest general aviation company in Africa and one of the largest of its kind in the world. Offering a full range of aviation services and products to the fixed wing and helicopter markets, NAC specializes in aircraft sales, aircraft maintenance, avionics upgrade and installation, value added products, parts sales, charter, international operations and pilot training. From its headquarters at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg, NAC operates a South African network of offices in Cape Town, Durban, Grand Central Airport, Wonderboom Airport and Rand Airport. NAC also has branches further afield in Botswana and Nigeria and Awesome Flight Logistics in Perth, Australia, and Specialised Aircraft Services in Wichita, Kan. in the United States.

About Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla. A global force in aviation, Piper offers efficient single-engine and twin-engine trainer, personal and business aircraft. Piper Aircraft designs, manufactures, sells and supports the strongest and broadest single-engine product line in the industry, from high-performance pistons to turboprops to the world’s most fuel-efficient seven-person business jet, the PiperJet Altaire. With economical acquisition and operating costs, Piper airplanes deliver the best values available today and into the future. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.