While a number of new and revolutionary companies get a fair
share of the media spotlight, industry veteran, Piper Aircraft, one
of the oldest GA manufacturers in the world, keeps on an
evolutionary path that has kept them alive... and making progress
while a number of their competitors have disappeared.
The architect of this strategy is Piper CEO, Jim Bass, who has
take a solidly evolutionary approach to growing Piper
Aircraft to the point where it now prepares to field its
first jet aircraft... and after introducing one of the few recent
sales leaders in recent memory, their piston powered 6-place
hot-rod, the Piper Matrix.
In news ANN broke earlier this week, Piper Aircraft announced
that it has certified and will offer as optional equipment the
all-glass, fully-integrated Garmin G1000 avionics suite for the
Piper Meridian, the company's flagship, six-seat cabin-class
turboprop. Initial deliveries of Piper Meridian aircraft with G1000
avionics will begin this week. "We are dedicated to providing our
customers with the very best technology our industry has to offer,"
said Piper President & CEO James K. Bass. "Now, with the
G1000 available for the Meridian, we are giving this amazing
aircraft an avionics suite that enables it to meet its full
The Meridian currently features Avidyne's advanced glass
avionics suite, the FlightMax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck, as
standard equipment, as do the Malibu Mirage, Matrix, Seneca V, the
Saratoga II TC and Piper 6X.
Piper Aircraft, Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla. Piper
reports that its "rich legacy is born of 72 years of unparalleled
history, with almost 150,000 aircraft brought to market and more
than 160 models certified." Approximately 90,000 of those aircraft
are still flying and being serviced and supported on every
continent by Piper's 65 service centers, 40 dealers and 2,500 field
personnel. Piper is the only general aviation manufacturer to build
and offer aircraft for every general aviation mission, from
trainers and high-performance aircraft for personal and business
use, to turbine powered business aircraft and now the PiperJet.