Piper Aircraft today said that the PiperJet proof of concept’s Williams FJ44-3AP engine was started and tested on June 19, describing the first on-ship run and subsequent operational tests as “flawless.” After the initial engine starts and operational checks were completed, the single-engine PiperJet moved forward under its own power for the first time.
Piper Aircraft reports that its PiperJet prototype is making progress, with the first engine start and run to “occur shortly.” Earlier this month, the Vero Beach, Fla.-based aircraft manufacturer finished all static load testing on the single-engine jet proof-of-concept airframe. These tests consisted of applying normal loads (+3.8g to -1.5g) to the airframe.
Piper Aircraft has until June 30 to decide whether it will remain in Vero Beach, Fla. An April 28 Indian River County budget resolution approved $12 million to keep Piper Aircraft at its present headquarters, and the state of Florida added another $20 million.
Piper Aircraft’s two-year search for a new home came full circle yesterday afternoon when the company announced it will stay in Vero Beach, Fla. Just minutes after the big announcement, AIN sat down with Piper president and CEO James Bass to find out why the aircraft manufacturer chose Vero Beach over Albuquerque, N.M., and Oklahoma City, the other finalists.
Piper Aircraft yesterday afternoon made it official that the aircraft manufacturer is staying put in Vero Beach, Fla., following a two-year site-selection process that pitted Vero against Albuquerque, N.M., and Oklahoma City. Piper president and CEO James Bass and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist jointly made the announcement before the company’s 1,200 workers, who enthusiastically cheered the decision to stay in Indian River County.
The search for funding, aggravated by the infarction of the private financial markets after the dot-com meltdown in 2000 and made worse by September 11, has caused Aerostar Aircraft Corp. to revise its plans for a Williams FJ33-1 powered Aerostar Jet (developed from the Piper Aerostar 600 piston twin).
PIPER PA-46-310P, OSTEEN, FLA., JUNE 14, 2002–The JetProp DLX-conversion Malibu (N9143B) disappeared from radar at 8:39 p.m. while on an IFR flight plan and flying in IMC. The right wing of the turboprop single reportedly separated in flight, and the airplane fell to the ground near Osteen, destroying the aircraft and killing the private pilot and two passengers aboard.
Piper Aircraft and Cirrus Design are in a dead heat on the progress of their respective single-engine jet prototypes, and the two airplanes could fly within days of each other. Last month, Piper said its PiperJet prototype would fly in mid-July, while Cirrus hinted that the first example of its jet single could take to the sky in the same time frame.
An April 28 Indian River County budget resolution approved $12 million to keep Piper Aircraft at its headquarters in Vero Beach, Fla., and the state of Florida added another $20 million.
At the recent Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., Piper Aircraft v-p of sales and marketing Bob Kromer and Cirrus Design CEO Alan Klapmeier told AIN about the progress of their respective single-engine jet prototypes. Both companies’ airplanes are nearly complete and will soon be in the air.