PiperJet Set for Oshkosh

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George Larson george_larson@bellsouth.net

With more than 180 flight hours logged to date, the PiperJet is set to fly to Wisconsin later this month for its first appearance at EAA's annual AirVenture.

During the July 27- Aug. 2 gathering, Piper Aircraft plans to reveal its growth strategy, with a particular focus on Asia. The Vero Beach, Fla., manufacturer was acquired two months ago by Imprimis, a corporate finance and investment management company with offices in Singapore, Bangkok and Brunei. Imprimis said at the time that it was drawn to Piper because of its expansion potential in the Asia Pacific market in part because of the demand for pilot training there.

The new owner also said it was committed to the development of the PiperJet, the 72-year-old OEM's first jet. Powered by a single Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan derated to 2,400 lb thrust, the PiperJet features a Garmin digital flight deck and seating for six.

Now in flight test, the aircraft has completed 120 flights totaling 181 hours and is exploring the high altitude regimes. Gear doors are installed, the pressurization system is operating and, spokesman Mark Miller said yesterday, "We're confident we'll maker our 360 knots."

The aircraft is scheduled to make demonstration flights during the Oshkosh gathering, the first time the aircraft will perform before such a crowd.

The company says it has orders for 204 PiperJets. The aircraft is priced at $2.199 million (in 2006 dollars) and deliveries are expected to begin in 2011.

Photo credit: Piper Aircraft

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