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    Piper Aircraft has received an order for 50 Archers from their dealer in China, China Air Shuttle.

    China Air Shuttle, based in Beijing with branches in different provinces of China, will begin to take delivery in Q2 of 2017 with 30 aircraft scheduled to be delivered in the first year and the remaining 20 to follow in Q1 and Q2 of 2018. China Air Shuttle also intends to order and stock more trainers to meet the fast-growing flight training market in China.The fleet of aircraft will be manufactured and certificated at Piper Aircraft’s factory in Vero Beach, Florida, and then shipped to China where they will be assembled/reassembled by China Air Shuttle’s affiliate company in Rizhao, Shandong Province, China. The facilities in Rizhao will be developed to a localized delivery center for prompt service including assembly/reassembly, training, maintenance and product support for Chinese customer.
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    Piper Aircraft announced today that the annual William T. Piper Scholarship has been awarded to Vero Beach High School senior, Miss Lorena Molina of Vero Beach, Florida. For more than 20 years, the William T. Piper Scholarship has been offered annually to a graduating high school senior.The scholarship award is for $1,000 per year and is renewable for up to four years. Applicants must demonstrate strong academics, exhibit leadership abilities, be able to show involvement in the community and have extra-curricular activities. Additionally, applicants must submit an essay describing the student’s greatest success thus far.

    “This year we received over forty highly qualified applications for the William T. Piper scholarship”, said Jackie Carlon, Director of Marketing and Communications. “Members of Our Community Outreach Committee carefully reviewed each application and considered all of the eligibility criteria. We were beyond impressed at the quality of the applicants as well as the level of their community involvement and their commitment to continuing their education. We congratulate Miss Molina on her hard work and success thus far and we look forward to her continued growth and the advancement of her education.”

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    Piper is going on an African Demo Tour next month

    Piper Aircraft Inc. and National Airways Corporation, NAC, Piper’s sales representative in Africa, are collaborating to exhibit the M600, the company’s flagship product, throughout the continent of Africa during the month of July. The aircraft will make stops in several key countries as it makes its way to South Africa. Following an aggressive demo schedule commencing down the West Coast the M600 will also stop in Nigeria, Angola, and Namibia, following which it will stay in South Africa for a couple of days performing demonstrations, and then travel north along the East coast of Africa, making stops in Malawi, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Egypt. This will be the first time that an M600 aircraft is on display in Africa.

    “Africa is a key region for Piper Aircraft. The arrival of the M600 shows Piper and NAC’s commitment to providing modern turbo prop, cabin class aircraft with industry leading safety features to this region. The aircraft’s performance and market leading value proposition is perfectly suited to the Sub Saharan market,” said Drew McEwen, Vice President of International and Direct Sales. “We are delighted to have our M600 aircraft on display for the first time in Africa and look forward to providing a cost effective business tool to the region.”

    “NAC has been successfully representing Piper in our territory for the past seven years and we are thrilled to be able to bring the latest Piper model to our customers in Africa. This aircraft is perfectly suited for the conditions in our region.” said JP Fourie, Executive Director Aircraft for NAC.
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    Word is that Piper has grounded the M600. The mandatory service bulletin grounds 32 M600s delivered to customers, plus six more in possession of dealers, Piper CEO Simon Caldecott says. The issue is based on a perceived flaw in a component. Piper discovered a flaw in a component delivered from a supplier in final assembly, he explains. A section of one aft wing spar fell “below required design measurements in one area,” he reveals. The supplier lacks records of detailed measurements of delivered aft wing spars by section, he says. As a result, Piper believes it is necessary to ground the fleet until each aircraft can be inspected.

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    Piper Aircraft, Inc. will exhibit its flagship product, the M600, during the annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, held in Lakeland, Fla. April 10-15. The M600, owned by Red Bull Air Race pilot, Kirby Chambliss, features a custom stars and stripes paint scheme and interior designed to match the Team Chambliss Edge 540 which will also be on display next to Kirby’s custom M600 and will be flown during the Airshow. Piper’s static display will be in the manufacturers’ exhibit area, booth # MD-9-A."Piper will be at Florida’s SUN ‘n FUN in force once again this year," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "This venue allows Florida’s general aviation businesses an opportunity to exhibit and Piper is very pleased to display its product line from the T-Class to the M-Class and be a part of this annual event."

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    Piper is hailing its flagship M600 as a 'true business aircraft'. They have not one but two examples of the type at the ongoing European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE). The M600 is a $2.8 million dollar aircraft and is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A engine. The M600 is "a significant step forward for Piper Aircraft" and a "true business aircraft" according to chief executive Simon Caldecott. It is apparent that more people are viewing as a "highly attractive platform for Part 135 operations".

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    Piper Aircraft, Inc. recently announced it is launching an accredited apprenticeship program in cooperation with Indian River State College. The program is being created in response to the increasing demand for high quality manufacturing candidates at Piper Aircraft. The two-year program, which will officially start in the summer of 2019, will initially begin with 10 individuals and grow to 20 active apprentices by year two. The program will include a combination of on-the-job training as well as classroom instruction designed to qualify the participants as a Journeyman in Aircraft Assembly. Each apprentice will be a paid employee of Piper Aircraft and will receive a full benefits package.

    "Piper’s continued growth in aircraft sales and order backlog has resulted in demand for well-trained, high potential employees. This program will provide the necessary training, mentoring and support enabling apprentices to successfully pursue a long-term career with growth opportunity as a Piper employee," said President and CEO, Simon Caldecott. "As we look forward to the future, deliveries of our value leading products are expected to continue to increase with deliveries of our robust primary aircraft trainers leading the way. An apprentice program will help ensure that Piper has a strong and agile workforce for the years to come."

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    Piper recently inked their largest trainer order to date. It comes from L3 Airline Academy and calls for 240 aircraft! The announcement was made at the ongoing Sun 'n Fun event in Florida. The order will naturally cover single and twin engine examples from Piper's trainer lineup. L3 is looking to create a younger fleet across its training areas. It has training schools and academies spanning Florida; Ponte de Sor, Portugal and in the UK. "We are delighted to sign this long-term agreement with L3, knowing that trusted Piper trainer aircraft will once again launch thousands of aspiring pilots' careers around the world," said Piper Aircraft president and CEO Simon Caldecott. "Our advanced training aircraft are the ideal classrooms for cadets to learn and first experience the joy of flying."

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    Piper Aircraft, Inc. announced recently it has realigned and expanded the Sales and Service territories for three key, independent Piper dealer partners located in the Western U.S. The restructuring will enhance Piper’s customer ownership experience throughout the region.

    Cutter Aviation, a Piper dealer for 25 years, with corporate headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, now has an expanded territory that includes Arizona and New Mexico adding to its previous Texas and Southern California regions.

    KCAC Aviation’sterritory which included Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma has been expanded to incorporate the state of Colorado. KCAC Aviation has been a Piper Dealer for nearly 53 years.

    Western Aircraft, based in Boise, ID, previously managed a territory that included Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. Its region will now also include Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Western Aircraft has been a Piper dealer for more than 8 years.

    "With an eye to the future we are growing our product lines, our customer services and the business opportunities for proven dealer partners," said Ron Gunnarson, Piper Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support. "With those common goals, we are delighted to expand Cutter Aviation’s, KCAC Aviation’s and Western Aircraft’s territories to service our mutual customer’s needs."

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    Back in late July 2019, Piper announced an order from Purdue University.

    Piper Aircraft has announced an order for thirteen (13) new Piper Archer single-engine trainers from Purdue Polytechnic Institute for their School of Aviation and Transportation Technology. The new G1000 NXi equipped Archers will replace their existing single engine training fleet and will join Purdue’s fleet of Piper Seminoles. The new Archers will begin delivering in Q2 of 2020.

    "As Purdue continues to develop and expand aviation education programs, Piper is proud to be part of their comprehensive and well respected aviation technology education program," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "They continue to demonstrate their commitment to excellence and their students by providing multiple aviation degree programs and opportunities for their graduates. We look forward to their continued success and to providing more Piper trainers in support of their growing aviation programs."

    "Purdue has had a long tradition of working with Piper and we are delighted to induct this new fleet of aircraft. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are very excited," said Dr. Manoj Patankar, Head of the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology. "We are very much looking forward to welcoming the new aircraft."

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    Piper Aircraft announced recently that it is has appointed former NASA Astronaut and Aeronautical Engineer, Captain Winston Scott to its Board of Directors effective October 10, 2019.

    "We are pleased to welcome Captain Scott to the Piper board and especially value his aviation experience and expertise", said Simon Caldecott, President and CEO of Piper Aircraft, Inc. "Captain Scott is joining Piper Aircraft at an exciting time as production of our training aircraft continues to increase. His knowledge of flight training and passion for education will prove beneficial as we continue to support the world’s leading flight training institutions. The addition of Winston complements our board of directors’ skills and experiences, and we are confident that he will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute our product strategy.

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