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Meet Piper Aircraft
The Piper Aircraft was established in 1926 by the Gilbert and Gordon Taylor brethren in Rochester, New York. Initially known as North Star Aerial Service, the firm was rebranded as Taylor Brothers Aircraft Manufacturing Company in 1927. However, the firm was to manufacture only a small number of aircraft before Gordon Taylor met his tragic death in a jet accident.
As Gilbert went on with his work, the 1929 financial collapse and recession brought the troubled firm into liquidation, and it was bought by William T. Piper in 1930. Piper, an oily man and one of the company's initial shareholders, had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a watchful eye for opportunities.....
Piper, often called the " Henry Ford of aviation ", held Taylor as president and put the business on a quest to build an economic, easy-to-use personal jet. After a series of derivates in the early 1930s, the later launch of the legendary Piper J-3 Cub in 1937 was the right aircraft at the right moment, outshining the company's predecessors in terms of both power and economic viability and becoming one of the best-known aircraft of all times.
When the J-3 Cub triumphed, Piper Aircraft was given a place in the General aviation saga and propelled the business as a power to be counted on in the world. Today, Piper Aircraft is an established leading aircraft manufacturer and, alongside its rivals Cessna and Beechcraft, is one of the "Big Three" in general aircraft construction.
Continuing to focus consistently on the General aviation segment, the Group aims to produce both trainer aircraft and more sophisticated aircraft for expert pilots for both face-to-face and commercial use. In fact, today's Piper Aircraft provides a rugged product range that has something for almost every rider. Remaining faithful to William Piper's initial visions, the organization is known for delivering superior value at a price that reflects the "flying is for all" approach.
Flying in today's Piper aircraft is an envious and rewarding skill. Featuring off-the-shelf functionality in all aircraft, Piper Trainer offers desirable intimacy from one aircraft to the next that enhances the learners' self-esteem and self-confidence and provides a naturally evolving environment as pilot students develop their abilities. Piper's range of trainer aircraft is designed to meet the needs of pilot students at every phase of the flight instruction cycle - from rigid pistons to multi-engine aircraft with landing gears.
Using the latest technologies, incorporating the latest advances in electronics, Piper instructors bring excellent situation awareness, excellent security and a world-class workout expertise that is leading the game. Featuring Garmin 500 WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) approved GPS - with high-resolution Moving Maps that allow quick and easy correction of signals - Piper Trainer delivers excellent situation awareness for a safe and secure study setting and ensures that learners are more than willing to comply with FAA TSO C146a WAAS solo means standardization.
And Piper hasn't lost sight of comforts. Among the instructors are the Archer TX mono-engined (and the Archer LX Upgrade), the Arrow mono-engined pistons, the Seminole multi-engined double pistons and the Seneca 5 multi-engined: the Archer TX is a member of Piper's dignified PA-28 Cherokee aircraft line. Launched in 1961, the Cherokee has remained faithful to its initial shape - with deeply recessed blades and all-metal structure - and is probably the most recognised individual reciprocating coach in use today.
Known for its sturdiness and user-friendliness, the Archer TX provides smooth and forgiving operations, even simpler take-offs and landings. The Archer TX is fully IFR enabled and is an outstanding choice for those who want to earn off-road mileage and receive an IFR score. The Archer TX brings the Cherokee archive type to new levels with its 180 hp Lycoming motor and G500 state-of-the-art gaming electronics.
All this with an economic consumption of 9 grams per hour at exercise speed (65% power)! Since the cost of owning and operating an Archer TX is among the cheapest in the business, there is no better option for student and educational institutions equally. The Archer LX is an improved Archer version of the Archer TEXT and offers a more luxurious and luxurious cabin with naturally fitted leathers as well as an air inflated backrest.
The Archer LX also provides the optional factory-installed climate control for full driving convenience in warm weather and warm weather. As with the TX, the Archer LX is fully IFR powered, making it an excellent choice for newcomers who want to get flight experienced and get an IFR evaluation. The Archer LX also incorporates the Garmin G500 Glascockpit system, which provides a blend of cutting-edge technologies and low labour.
Archer LX guides new flyers through the flying lesson and beyond! The Piper Arrow is also a derivate of the Cherokee and divides the Archer's success story for dependable, trustworthy power - at a great price. The Piper Arrow provides the perfect "classroom in the sky" for students who are willing to do more - or for those who need the extra complexities needed for a CFI or business assessment.
Piper Arrow is the only complete single-engine coach that can be purchased directly from an OEM, offering a spacious 4-seater cabin, 137 ctas cruising performance (at 75% power) and a 880 nm area. This is a natural move for a pilot willing to climb from a rigid archer, the arrow will immediately start to look confident, from electronics and instrument placement to general operation and procedure.
Backed by a long track record of services - and hundreds of thousand deployments around the globe - Piper Arrow provides secure, dependable and comprehensive instruction at an accessible cost. Piper's twin-engine Seminole is another derivation of Piper's Cherokee aircraft, but was designed to take two counter-rotating Lycoming L/O-360 thrusters and features a more conical blade and striking T-tail configuration.
The Seminole has been in use for more than 20 years and has completed hundred thousand of flying lessons. It is a reliable and sought-after twin-engine instructor that flying instructors all over the globe trust to teach intermediate manoeuvres. Seneca V also has Cherokee PA-28 origins (Cherokee 6), although as a twin-engine version it represents a clear break from the initial Cherokee styling.
The Seneca V is designed for operations that require the flexibility and dependability of a twin-engined aircraft. Seneca V has long been known as one of the cheapest twin-engine reciprocating airplanes that it owns and operates, and still is today. Once you've mastered your aeronautical abilities, the Piper makes it simple to switch to more performance, more functions and the higher level of convenience of its All-Star line of M-Class aircraft:
Descendants of Piper's groundbreaking Malibu PA-46 aircraft designs - first unveiled in the early 1970s and one of the first pressurised single-engine reciprocating airplanes to come onto the scene - today's derivates provide state-of-the-art upgrades with some of the most sophisticated functions in their category. Each of Piper's M-Class aircraft has a proven body and cabin concept and allows easy changeover from one aircraft to the next.
All three provide the well-known power and value the aerospace industry expects from the model's long history of success. The Matrix and Mirage both have a maximum cruise of 213 ctas and a maximum cruise of 1,343 nm (with 45 minutes reserve), making them perfect for longer mission times. The Mirage add enormous capabilities with the added pressure, which enables easy flying over adverse conditions where other single pistons often have trouble getting around.
The Meridian, a more powerfull propulsion system, offers significantly more velocity (260 ktas), although the cruising distance at 1,000 nm (with 45 minutes reserve) is more restricted, making it an excellent partner for slightly faster tasks where velocity matters. The Piper Matrix, the entry-level model in the M-Class, blends a 350 hp, double Turbocharged Piper TIO 540 AE2A twin rotor turbo charged power plant with the luxuries of cab ride quality - and ample 6-seater seating capability.
And, as the newest member of the M-Class line-up - and the most affordable priced ($903,800 includes Avionics Suite at print time) - the Matrix brings high power within easy range. Above all, Piper's Mirage Aircraft is the only pressurised 6-seater reciprocating aircraft currently available on the aircraft aisle. Pressurisation means the capability to ascend to higher heights without the need for additional air pressure (required on unpressurised aircraft at heights above 12,500 ft as prescribed by the FAA).
Meridian's Pratt and Whitney PT6A-42A Turboprop engines give the Meridian an even stronger punch: power, reliability and speed! Travellers will also appreciate the low sound and low vibrations of Meridian's turbines, as well as the air-conditioned cab and luxurious seats. Considering that the costs of buying a Meridian are about one million dollar less than its nearest single-engine competitor and 30% less to use, the choice of Meridian is an obvious one!
As well as the step-up for those who have learnt to use a Piper Trainer, the M-Class family also offers a convenient and worthwhile option for Cessna 182T, 206T and 400 aircraft operators, as well as Cirrus SR22 operators wishing to join the Piper line.
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