Piper Seminole Named Most Popular Propeller Twin Aircraft in China

VERO BEACH, Fla. - May 19, 2014 - Piper Aircraft's piston-powered Seminole was recently named the Most Popular Twin-Engine Propeller Aircraft in China by U-Jet, China's first exclusive journal for private aviators.

U-Jet is published under auspices of the General Administration of Press and Publication of China and is the nation's most widely circulated magazine dedicated to the subject of private flying. U-Jet's editorial team consists of professional editors from Xinhua News Agency, CAAC News, China Quality News, and SINA.com.

"This acknowledgment by the Chinese aviation industry is greatly appreciated by the Piper Aircraft team and reflects the appeal of this aircraft in China and throughout the world," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "Our ongoing efforts to globalize the Piper brand and presence are proving successful."

The award was given earlier this month at ceremonies for China's business jet and general aviation industry at the Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao. The event was organized by U-Jet in cooperation with Jizhi.com, Right To Play, and China Corporate Jet Alliance.

With academic support from Beihang University General Aviation Industry Research Center and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, and extensive surveys from dozens of business jet and general aviation operators, the China Private Jet Annual Awards is intended to be the most influential annual gala event of China's private aviation industry.

Xu Yuhai, General Manager of U-Jet, expresses his hope that, "The China Private Jet Annual Awards can be a chronicle recording the growth of private jet and general aviation in China. Each year, we will invite worldwide industry leaders together to review the developments of the past year and to award individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the industry."

About the Piper Seminole

Piper's Seminole, with standard G1000 flight deck, performs multiple roles as an executive and personal transportation machine and as a popular twin-engine training platform. As the leading multi-engine trainer available today, the Seminole has more than twenty years of proven service. Students and instructors appreciate its ability to perform advanced maneuvers and procedures skillfully and safely. Instructors appreciate the Piper Seminole's ability to teach flight lessons in a safe and forgiving manner. With easy maintenance metal construction, the Seminole has the lowest acquisition cost in its class.

The Seminole is a twin-engine, piston-powered aircraft that seats four and is powered by two Lycoming L/O -360-A1H6 engines, each generating 180 hp. Its cruising speed at 75 percent power is 162 KTAS / 300 km/h. Its range is 700 nm / 1,426 km. Standard equipment includes the Garmin G1000.

Garmin's G1000 avionics suite is a seamlessly integrated all-glass avionics panel that makes flight information easy to scan and process. The G1000 flight deck presents flight instrumentation, navigation, weather, terrain, traffic and engine data on large-format, high-resolution displays. Garmin's reliable GRS77 Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) provides accurate digital output and referencing of aircraft position, rate, vector and acceleration data. The latest Garmin G1000 software on the Seminole includes Vertical Profile View and user-defined holding patterns.

About Piper Aircraft, Inc.

Piper Aircraft, Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., 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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