Piper Performs Well and Grows Pilot Training, Dealers in 2013

During 2013 Piper Aircraft Inc. broadened its global footprint through the addition of international dealers and completed transformation of its entire aircraft product line to advanced Garmin avionics.

VERO BEACH, Fla. - Dec. 23, 2013 - During 2013 Piper Aircraft Inc. broadened its global footprint through the addition of international dealers, completed transformation of its entire aircraft product line to advanced Garmin avionics, and grew sales of pilot training aircraft around the world.  Additionally, Piper Aircraft sustained solid new aircraft deliveries and revenue performance through the third quarter resulting in a 9% increase over the same period last year.  Given the pace of aircraft deliveries during the fourth quarter, Piper expects to end the year with an increase in aircraft deliveries over 2012.

"Piper's ability to level-load aircraft production has allowed us to meet solid financial growth and performance goals while expanding our worldwide sales visibility and efforts, especially in the pilot training realm," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "In addition, during 2013, we successfully completed the transition to an advanced all-Garmin avionics product line."

"We plan to establish a presence in every country of the world where the economy will benefit from our economical line of M-Class, Twin-Class and Trainer Class aircraft," Caldecott said. "With the exploding need for new pilots in the Asia-Pacific region, Piper Aircraft is positioned to take full advantage of the ability of our single and twin-engine training aircraft to fulfill important pilot training requirements."

Piper's new aircraft revenue and deliveries during 2013 will be announced in early 2014.  

Piper 2013 News by Quarter

First Quarter 2013

New Italian Sales Agent

Piper Aircraft named B&C Piper Sales as the company's new aircraft sales agent for Italy. Located at Thiene Airport (LIDH) in Northern Italy close to Venice, B&C Piper Sales is situated in the center of Italian general aviation activities.

Strengthened International Sales Force

The company strengthened its worldwide sales organization with an increased focus on direct fleet sales of the company's Trainer-Class aircraft while continuing to emphasize and expand its global dealer network for the company's M-Class and Twin-Class lines. The three regional sales executives - Chuck Glass for Asia Pacific, Hans Stancil for the Americas, and Enrico Evers for Europe, Middle East and Africa, all assumed dual responsibilities for their region's dealer network and trainer fleet sales.

New VPs for Operations and Engineering

Piper appointed James W. Funk as Vice President of Operations, reporting to President and CEO Simon Caldecott. The company also named Jack Mill as Vice President of Engineering, reporting to President and CEO Simon Caldecott.

Seneca V Gets 3-Screen G1000

Piper Aircraft adopted the most recent Garmin G1000 three-panel display avionics suite as standard equipment in new Twin-Class Piper Seneca V aircraft models.

Second Quarter 2013

CAE Places Large Order for Trainers

Piper Aircraft and aviation training firm CAE announced the introduction of 35 Piper single and twin-engine training airplanes to its CAE Oxford Aviation Academy fleet. The agreement includes firm orders for 22 single-engine Archer TX training airplanes and 13 twin-engine trainers, as well as parts and service.

ATP Orders 100 Trainers

Piper and Airline Transport Professionals reached a three-year agreement for the sale of multiple Piper Archer TXs. ATP purchased a fleet of 15 Piper Archer TX single-engine piston-powered advanced training aircraft and has options for an additional 85 Archers for delivery in the future, as it transitions to an all-Piper fleet.

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