Piper Aircraft told employees yesterday it will shut down operations for the week of August 9. With some exceptions, all staff, including company management, will be unpaid for that week. The exceptions will be workers developing the PiperJet and those devoted to delivery of essential parts and finished aircraft.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has been host to an expanding Cutter Aviation since 2002. As a result, the company has finalized plans to consolidate all of its metro-area operations at Cutter Aviation’s North Dallas location in McKinney, Texas on Collin County Regional Airport.
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Piper Aircraft president and CEO Kevin Gould said at last month’s Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., that the PiperJet program is on track for certification in the first half of 2013. The single-engine jet is now in the detailed design phase, and vice president of engineering Dennis Olcott told AIN that the “majority” of the design has been frozen.
Piper Aircraft president and CEO Kevin Gould said this week at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., that the PiperJet program is on track for certification in the first half of 2013. The single-engine jet is now in the detailed design phase, and vice president of engineering Dennis Olcott told AIN that the “majority” of the design has been frozen.
Vero Beach, Fla.-based Piper Aircraft today appointed 36-year aviation industry veteran Randy Groom as its new executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer support. He will report directly to Piper president and CEO Kevin Gould. Piper said Groom is the right fit to continue building and expanding the aircraft manufacturer’s market share across all model lines and to improve customer support.
While progress on the PiperJet had slowed, Piper’s acquisition by Brunei-based Imprimis has put the jet-single project “back on track,” according to Piper, “with full development of the PiperJet and other exciting production initiatives.” One of those is Piper’s choice of the Czech Sport Aircraft SportCruiser as the new entry-level Piper trainer.
Piper Aircraft has entered into a global distribution agreement with Aviall Services. Aviall is an after-market supply chain management service for the aerospace, defense and marine industries. The Dallas-based company lists two million catalog items available through 39 customer service centers in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
his past year has been tumultuous for Piper Aircraft, starting with sale of the company
Change has come fast and furious at Piper Aircraft during the past year, with sale of the company to Imprimis by majority owner American Capital in May, followed shortly thereafter by departure of president and CEO Jim Bass and most recently the resignation of president John Becker.