Wed, Oct 20, 2010
Piper is very serious about getting the Piper jet to market...
and making sure that it becomes the flagship product of this iconic
GA manufacturer. Now named the Altaire, the Piper folks have
tweaked the design aggressive to offer more cabin room and a host
of other refinements... and turning the Piper Jet concept into a
potential force to be reckoned with.
The newly named PiperJet Altaire features a new configuration.
Its larger redesigned round fuselage is mounted on top of an
expanded-chord wing, with a shorter vertical empennage located
slightly aft atop an elongated engine nacelle.
"The PiperJet Altaire is a powerful and stylish blend of
efficiency, cabin volume, range, payload and speed," Berger says.
Price point for the PiperJet Altaire is $2.5 million, with a
typically equipped aircraft priced at $2.6 million. The PiperJet
Altaire costs an average of 25 percent less to operate per hour
than comparable production VLJs.
The round fuselage and new wing provide all the performance and
cabin improvements of a clean sheet aircraft coupled with the
proven reliability of Piper's manufacturing techniques honed over
the decades with the company's lineup of reliable airplanes,
including its M-class aircraft - the Meridian, Malibu and
In addition to cleaner and sleeker styling, the optimized
configuration gives customers a cabin that is nine inches taller
and four inches wider than the previous design. The new cross
section also offers a wider than standard sunken aisle for ease of
movement inside the cabin. Additionally, the PiperJet Altaire will
have a three-foot wide cabin door for ease of passenger entry and
exit while providing great cargo flexibility.
Piper says the PiperJet Altaire's maximum range is targeted at
1,300 nautical miles with a maximum cruise speed planned at 360
knots. The airplane is planned to fly 1,200 nautical miles with a
full fuel payload of 800 pounds.
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