Piper Experiences a Smooth 2012, Celebrates 75th Anniversary

As the company firmly level-loaded increased aircraft production and deliveries, it continued to globally expand its dealer network.


Piper unveiled the improved Premier Elegance interior collection for its top-of-the-line aircraft at the National Business Aviation Association's 65th Annual Meeting and Convention, held in Orlando. The company also exhibited single-engine M-Class business aircraft and a twin-engine Seneca V at the convention.

The Ferrari Club of America's annual meeting in Palm Springs, Calif., featured a cabin and cockpit mockup of Piper Aircraft's M-Class single-engine turbine-powered Meridian. It was the second consecutive year that Piper has exhibited at the annual Ferrari Club of America meeting.

Piper and Bimini Bay Resort & Marina announced they were co-sponsoring a chance drawing for private air travel and a weekend stay for two at the luxury Caribbean hotel to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

November

Piper Aircraft and the Piper Cub's year-long 75th anniversary celebration culminated with a gala customer fly-in in Vero Beach. The fun-filled weekend featured a welcome reception, vendor exhibits, aircraft static display, customer awards, facility tours, a history lesson from Piper's official historian, and a Piper meet-up and send-off pancake breakfast.

Piper Aircraft named Piper Summit Aircraft China Ltd., Beijing, as the aircraft manufacturer's authorized dealer in China for sales of new Meridian single-engine turboprop aircraft. The new Piper dealer conducted a number of Meridian demonstrations for potential customers as the airplane flew en route for display at Airshow China 2012 held during the month in Zhuhai.

Piper and the Florida Institute of Technology launched a Piper Aviation Career Alliance to educate and provide enhanced vocational opportunities for aviation program graduates as well as graduates from other programs offered through the school. The five-year agreement includes a fleet of new Piper training aircraft for the institute and enhanced career opportunities for its students and graduates through Piper internships, scholarships, career interviews, and mentoring.

Piper incorporated the Garmin G1000 avionics suite into new twin-engine Piper Seminole and single-engine Piper Archer aircraft models available in 2013. Launch customer for the new Garmin G1000-equipped Pipers is the Florida Institute of Technology.

December

Piper reached agreements with the state of Florida and Indian River County to amend the company's economic development incentive contracts with each government entity to retain the company's headquarters and manufacturing operations in Vero Beach.

About Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla. The company offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single-engine and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series - the Meridian, Mirage and Matrix - offer businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca V and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Archer TX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

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