PiperJet Primed for Public Debut at NBAA
Piper Aircraft confirmed today that it will bring its PiperJet prototype to the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., early next month. The aircraft manufacturer held a two-day dealer event this week at its Vero Beach, Fla. headquarters to give dealers, customers and prospective customers a sneak peek of the $2.2 million single-engine jet. According to vice president of sales and marketing Bob Kromer, “This event generated several new orders for both the PiperJet and interim orders for the Matrix and Meridian for customers waiting for their PiperJets. It also got our dealers excited about the single-engine jet.” He said Piper has orders for 203 of the jets from customers and dealers. The PiperJet prototype, which has just been painted in preparation for its NBAA debut, has logged 55 hours since its first flight on July 30, and the company reports that the airplane is performing exactly as expected. Three conforming test aircraft will eventually join the fleet, but the prototype will remain the sole flying example of the PiperJet for at least a year. First deliveries of the new airplane are expected in late 2011 or early 2012.