OSHKOSH, Wis. July 23, 2012 - Piper Aircraft, Inc. has reached a 10-year agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) for the continuing purchase of PT6A-42A turboprop engines to power Piper's flagship aircraft, the single-engine M-Class Meridian. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott announced the accord at a news conference on the first day of EAA AirVenture 2012, held here July 23-29.
"This agreement speaks to the long-standing and cooperative relationship we have with Piper," said Denis Parisien, Vice President, General Aviation, P&WC. "We are very pleased to continue to work with Piper to meet its current and future engine needs, and we expect that this new agreement will set the stage for joint development work in the future."
"The completion of this long-term agreement is a significant new milestone for us," said Piper's Caldecott. "It will ensure that our turboprop customers of the future will have a reliable and proven powerplant backed by world-class customer support."
500th Meridian Delivers This Year
P&WC and Piper have worked closely together since 2000 when the Malibu Meridian, forerunner of today's M-Class Meridian, first entered the marketplace. Before the end of this year Piper will deliver its 500th P&WC-powered turboprop.
"PT6 engines are used by some 7,000 operators around the globe and stand as a testament to how P&WC reinvents its products to meet emerging customer needs. We have consistently taken advantage of aerodynamic and material technology advancements to enhance the performance of the PT6, and continually strive to deliver the highest value to our customers," Parisien said.
There are currently more than 22,000 PT6A engines in operation today, and the engine has booked a remarkable 335 million hours of flight. From flying in the Antarctic at 75 degrees below zero to supporting environmental efforts in reforestation programs, the PT6 engine and its adaptability continue to earn the respect and loyalty of pilots worldwide.
About the Meridian
The Piper Meridian is a single-engine turboprop that seats six with club-seating. It is powered by the P&WC PT6A-42A 500 shp engine and has a 260 KTAS / 482 km/h maximum cruise speed and a range of 1,000 nm / 1,885 km. The standard list price of the Meridian is $2,133,650 equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada
Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is shaping the future of business aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Every second, a P&WC-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. P&WC's engines, with close to 600 million hours in the air, are the industry benchmark for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and easy maintenance. P&WC is firmly committed to ensuring that its products are designed, produced and operated while minimizing environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.
There are currently more than 49,000 engines in service on more than 28,000 aircraft operated by some 10,000 operators in 200 countries. The most extensive support network in the industry, which includes more than 30 company-owned and designated service facilities, supports this global fleet.
Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX). UTC is a diversified company providing high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
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.