Vero Beach, Fla., Feb. 4, 2013 - Piper Aircraft will exhibit a cabin mockup of the company's top-of-the-line Meridian M-Class single-engine aircraft at the 2013 National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo, Feb. 9-11 in Orlando, Fla.
"NADA 2013 is an excellent venue to showcase our M-Class airplanes in front of thousands of successful automobile dealers who will gather in Orlando from throughout the world," said Piper Head of Sales and New Business Development Drew McEwen. "With new-car and light-truck sales up 13 percent leading the economic recovery, this is an excellent time to assist thriving auto and truck dealers with their air travel needs."
About the Meridian
The Piper Meridian is a single-engine turboprop that seats six with club-seating. It is powered by the P&WC PT6-42A, 500 shp engine and has a 260 KTAS / 482 km/h max cruise speed and a range of 1,000 nm / 1,852 km. The standard equipped list price is $2,176,325, equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite.
The NADA Convention & Expo is a leading annual automotive industry event and the world's largest international gathering place for franchised new-vehicle dealers. The convention offers dealers a chance to meet face to face with executives of major auto manufacturers and features hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest equipment, services and technologies. The convention will take place Saturday, Feb. 9 through Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in the West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
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.
As the company firmly level-loaded increased aircraft production and deliveries, it continued to globally expand its dealer network.
The revenue increase was a result of a 16 percent rise in new Piper deliveries to 158 aircraft in 2012 from 136 the previous year.
Mill most recently had been leading the Piper Engineering team as VP in an interim role for several months.