Piper First To Certify Garmin's GWX 8000 Weather Radar Piper Aircraft has created a first for itself. The airframer has received certification of the new Garmin GWX 8000 weather radar in all M-Class aircraft models. Piper Aircraft is now the first general aviation airframer to certify the all-digital radar in a turbo prop or piston product. "We are excited to lead the general aviation industry with the certification of the GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar in our M-Class product line", said Piper President and CEO, John Calcagno. "The unmatched visibility that the advanced weather radar solution offers along with reduced pilot workload helps further enhance the safe operation of our aircraft and brings another level of assurance to our owner pilots. Our customers are able to easily interpret the severity of storm cells in an area and make timely decisions to help them navigate with confidence around severe weather systems."