VERO BEACH, Fla., Jan. 9, 2013 - Piper Aircraft Inc. performed well during 2012, a year of steadiness and preparation for future growth that also marked the 75th anniversary of the company's founding.
"We stabilized the manufacturing and delivery of new aircraft throughout the year as our initiative to level-load factory production met with success. At the same time our overall aircraft deliveries rose faster than the rest of the industry," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "The company also continued to work on long-range plans for the future."
As the company firmly level-loaded increased aircraft production and deliveries, it continued to globally expand its dealer network, concentrated on delivering improved higher-end M-Class aircraft and recommitted to its trainer class line.
Deliveries of 2012 cabin-class M-Class aircraft featured enhanced cabin features for ease of access, brighter lighting, improved sound and electrical service, and better air distribution. Strengthening its commitment to pilot training, Piper delivered 10 Piper Seminole training aircraft to Airline Transport Professionals and completed delivery of 18 Piper Warrior training aircraft to Sekolah Tinggi Penerbang Indonesia, the government flight school at Budiarto Airport in Curug, Indonesia.
In 2012, Piper continued to expand its global network by announcing new representatives in the Netherlands, Chile, India, Central America, Korea, Turkey and China. The company also located a sales manager in China to further develop that growing potential market.
Piper Aircraft Inc. named Piper Netherlands, at Teuge International Airport, as the company's sales representative in the Western European country. Its affiliate, Stella Aviation Maintenance, is responsible for parts and service.
Piper sent a senior group of sales executives to the Singapore Airshow at Changi Exhibition Centre adjacent to Changi Airport. Heading the delegation from the company's Vero Beach headquarters was Piper's Director of Marketing, Jacqueline Carlon.
The company named a dealer for its new airplane sales in Chile. Eagle South America S.A., located near Santiago at the Aérodromo de Chicureo and headed by General Manager Martin Andrés Busquets, handles Piper sales in the South American country.
Aircraft Search & Aviation Professionals' Piper India was named a dealer for Piper in India. The announcement was made at India Aviation 2012, held at the Begumpet Airport. Piper India has a strategic alliance with Saraya Aviation Pvt. Ltd., at IGI Domestic Airport in Delhi, for maintenance and servicing of Piper aircraft in the country.
The company exhibited airplanes from its M-Class business aircraft and trainer product lines at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla. The iconic fun flying venue was the launch event for a year-long celebration of Piper's 75th anniversary, highlighted with the display of a vintage Piper Cub and a Celebratory breakfast for customers and invited guests. A twin-engine Seminole trainer destined for Redbird Flight Simulations' innovative research and development laboratory was delivered to Jerry Gregoire, Owner of Redbird Flight Simulations.
Piper received a contract for machined parts from Triton Submarines LLC of Vero Beach. The contract called for complex multi-axis machined parts destined for Triton's submersibles.