Piper Performs Well and Grows Pilot Training, Dealers in 2013

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.

Piper Now an All-Garmin Company

Piper obtained FAA approval for three Piper training airplanes to fly exclusively with Garmin avionics. Now the company offers the advanced avionics on the entire Piper fleet of new aircraft, including Training Class Seminole, Seneca V and Archer models. 

New VP for Sales & Marketing

Piper appointed General Aviation industry veteran Drew McEwen as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, leading global sales and marketing for the company and reporting to President and CEO Simon Caldecott.

Florida Institute of Technology Deliveries

Piper Aircraft delivered eight single-engine Piper Archer TX training airplanes to the Florida Institute of Technology, for use at its School of Aeronautics.

Third Quarter 2013

ATP Exercises Options

Airline Transport Professionals exercised options for 10 more new Piper Archer TX trainers, bringing to 25 the total number of single-engine training aircraft ordered by ATP. ATP retains options for an additional 75 Piper training aircraft in the future, as it transitions to an all piper fleet.

Piper Shows Special Aircraft at Oshkosh

Piper displayed a number of exceptional aircraft during 2013 AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., including the Team Chambliss Piper Meridian, a milestone 800th M-Class Piper Mirage, two G1000 equipped Piper Twin Class aircraft  and a special Piper Archer powered by 93 octane premium unleaded automotive gasoline. The latter aircraft flew from Vero Beach to Oshkosh and back.

Piper to Provide Jeppesen Flight Data with New Aircraft Purchases

Piper Aircraft announced it will provide Jeppesen flight data to purchasers of new Piper airplanes. The flight data will simplify access to flight information for Piper aviators.

Fourth Quarter 2013

iPad Pilot Operating Handbooks Developed/Introduced

Piper and Aircraft Technical Publishers announced new, electronic Pilot Operating Handbook (E-POH) libraries for Piper's M-Class and Twin-Class aircraft using ATP's  HubConnect™ App for iPad®.

ATP Gets Turboprop Meridian Trainer

Piper Aircraft delivered an M-Class Piper Meridian to Airline Transport Professionals for use as that company's first Piper turboprop for turbine training and cross-country crew training experience in its Airline Career Pilot Program.

Piper Rolls Out New Website: Piper.com 

Piper launched an all-new website with a super-clean look and feel, including user-friendly functionality for Piper owners, operators, dealers and prospective customers. The site features an interactive livery and interior selector for the company's line of M-Class aircraft and the Piper Seneca V.

Piper Named Best Place to Work, Large Manufacturer of the Year

Piper Aircraft earned distinction from Workforce Solutions, a non-profit Florida economic development organization, as one of the community's best places to work at the 11th Annual Indian River County 'Best Place to Work' awards. In addition, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce gave Piper its Large Manufacturer of the Year Award.

Piper Names Dealer for China

Piper named Hebei Yuan'ao Aircraft Manufacturing Co., Ltd., as the company's authorized dealer in China for sales of new Piper Mirage single-engine pressurized aircraft, as well as the Piper Archer TX and Seminole training aircraft.

Piper Enters Agreement with Liberty University

Piper delivered a new Piper Arrow pilot trainer to Liberty University School of Aeronautics as part of a new long-term agreement with the University for training aircraft.

Piper Holds Vero Beach Fly-In for Qualified Buyers

Piper Aircraft extended invitations to qualified aircraft owners to join the company in Vero Beach (KVRB) for a fly-in to experience the company's top-of-the line M-Class single engine aircraft and the mild December weather in Florida.

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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