VERO BEACH, Fla., Jan. 10, 2011 – Piper Aircraft Inc. selected Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup® company, as Piper’s dealer for new aircraft sales in Alaska, northern California, Oregon and Washington. The appointment is effective immediately.
“As Piper strengthens its global dealer network, we are delighted to be able to add a Greenwich AeroGroup company and the terrific sales team at Western Aircraft to represent the company’s product line in this important strategic region of the Americas,” said Randy Groom, Piper’s executive vice president. “We were attracted to Western Aircraft by its stellar reputation in new aircraft sales and we are eager to work with its sales team to grow Piper’s market share in the northwestern United States.”
Greenwich AeroGroup President and CEO Jim Ziegler said, “Western Aircraft is looking forward to selling the new single-engine PiperJet Altaire and Piper’s outstanding single-engine M-Class airplanes and the other aircraft in its strong stable of efficient airplanes.”
Western is based in Boise, Idaho. The Western Aircraft sales team that will represent Piper in the northwestern United States includes Philip Winters, vice president of Aircraft Sales, Brett Woods, aircraft sales representative, and Vaughn Olson, demonstration pilot. They will work closely with Drew McEwen, Piper’s director of Sales, Americas.
About Greenwich AeroGroup
Greenwich AeroGroup Inc., located in Greenwich, Conn., owns and operates providers of general, commercial, government and military aviation services including: maintenance, avionics and interior refurbishments; fixed base operations; aircraft sales, charter and management; manufacturing and engineering; component repair and overhaul; and parts distribution. Current locations include: Atlantic Aero Inc., located at Piedmont-Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C.; Western Aircraft Inc., located at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho; Summit Aviation Inc., located at Summit Airport in Middletown, Del.; DAC International Inc., located in Austin, Texas; Matrix Aviation Inc., located in Wichita, Kan.; Professional Aviation Associates Inc., located in Atlanta; Professional Aircraft Accessories Inc., located in Titusville, Fla.; NASAM Inc., located in San Francisco, and GCCUS Inc., located in Aptos, Calif. News and information are available at www.greenwichaerogroup.com.
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.
Western Aircraft appointed Mather Aviation in Sacramento, CA, and renewed Mangon Aviation in Petaluma, CA, as approved Piper service centers.
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 will discount the purchase price of the Altaire or defer a portion of the initial deposit required, depending on the new M-Class airplane being purchased.
In addition to his current responsibilities at Western Aircraft, Winters will now also oversee all aircraft sales at Atlantic Aero.