Piper Delivers 500th Single Engine Turboprop Meridian

Vero Beach, Fla., Sept. 25, 2012 - Piper Aircraft Inc. recently rolled out the landmark 500th pressurized single-engine turboprop M-Class Meridian to SouthEast Piper for delivery to the aircraft's new Florida-based owner.

"The milestone delivery of the 500th Piper Meridian, since first delivery in the year 2000, emphasizes its enduring value proposition even during recent periods of economic uncertainty around the world," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "Single-engine Piper turboprops are growing in popularity as replacements for less economical twin-engine jets and turboprops."

Flightline Group/SouthEast Piper Chairman Paul "Mac" Langston said, "The Meridian is very popular with aircraft owners and operators in the southeastern U.S. due to its flexibility, utility and performance for the dollar. Our customers buy and fly the Meridian because it has versatile takeoff, landing and climb capabilities through the extreme summer conditions in the southeast and, of course, its speed, comfort, and competitive price make it ideal for both business and personal missions. The SouthEast Piper team is proud to be selling and delivering the 500th Piper Meridian and in Piper's 75th and Flightline's 30th anniversary year."

About the Piper Meridian

Designed to meet the stringent requirements of scheduled business and personal transportation, the Piper Meridian combines advanced Garmin avionics with the reliable, proven Pratt & Whitney Canada's PT6A-42A turboprop engine, resulting in an airplane up to the challenges of most demanding mission profiles. The Meridian provides turboprop power, 1,000 nm range, 260 ktas cruise speed and Flight Into Known Icing capability. Passengers enjoy the low vibration levels of the Meridian's turboprop engine, the comfort of a pressurized, air-conditioned cabin environment and seating comparable to that found in aircraft costing twice as much.

About SouthEast Piper, a Flightline Group Company

SouthEast Piper, a Flightline Group Company, represents the entire line of Piper aircraft across the southeastern states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee, through sales offices in Tallahassee and Vero Beach, Fla., and 11 service facilities located across the southeastern U.S.

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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