VERO BEACH, FLA. Oct. 9, 2012 - Piper Aircraft and the Piper Cub's year-long 75th anniversary celebration will culminate with a gala customer fly-in here Nov. 9-11. The fun-filled invitation-only weekend features a welcome reception, vendor exhibits, aircraft static display, customer awards, facility tours, a history lesson from Piper's official historian, a Piper meet-up and send-off pancake breakfast.
"This celebration is taking on a life of its own," says Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "Industry sponsors have been lining up as have political leaders, and the aviation media. We've already received well over 40 aircraft reservations for the fly-in, which will feature Piper airplanes all the way from the Piper Cub to today's M-Class aircraft. We expect many more to commit as we get closer to the event itself."
More than twenty companies will be exhibiting their services and products at the fly-in and a number of companies are pitching in to help sponsor the weekend celebration. Sponsors include:
Bendix King by Honeywell
Garmin International Inc.
SimCom Training Centers
ACR / Artex (ACR Electronics, Inc.)
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Aviall, a Boeing Company
Bimini Bay Resort and Marina
Hartzell Propeller Inc.
Jeppesen, a Boeing Company
UTC Aerospace Systems
A Year of Festivities
Piper has been celebrating its history all year long through advertising and several other events. Over 100 Piper Cubs turned the EAA AirVenture 2012 Oshkosh flightline into a "field of yellow" as aviation's largest gathering celebrated the iconic aircraft's 75th anniversary. Piper Cub owners participated in the EAA fly-in and have been an integral part of the on-going celebration.
Additionally, lucky winner Jeff Parnau received a restored 1940 Piper J-3 Cub grand prize in the 2012 EAA Win the Cub Sweepstakes, editor-at-large at World Airshow News magazine, has a flight school in Wisconsin. His Cub, which commemorated the 75th anniversary of the famous taildragger, has less than 100 hours on it since a complete airframe restoration and overhaul of its Continental A-65-8 engine. Restored to original condition, the airplane includes factory wheelpants, TrickAir Sport 1500 snow skis, sealed struts, Slick magnetos, and a 12-gallon wing tank.
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.