Light Sport Market In Asia Seen As "Burgeoning" Growth
Piper Aircraft, Inc. took the wraps (literally, see below)
off the all-new PiperSport at the Singapore Air Show Tuesday
as it made its debut in Asia/Pacific markets. Piper says the
aircraft speaks to Piper's heritage in bringing seminal,
entry-level airplanes to market while offering features and
performance normally found in high-end aircraft.
PiperSport Arrives In
Piper President & CEO Kevin J. Gould made the announcement
during a news conference held at the 2010 Singapore Airshow.
"With the PiperSport," Gould said, "Piper is entering one of the
most exciting market segments in general aviation. This
burgeoning segment is becoming vital to our industry and playing an
ever-increasing role in developing general aviation's next
generation of pilots. The PiperSport is an amazing entry-level
aircraft that will lead the way for our customers to step up into
more sophisticated and higher performance aircraft within our line
over time. As the only aircraft manufacturer with models in every
market segment, Piper continues to expand its business model to
ensure that we are in tune with the times, meeting the needs of our
customers at every level."
The PiperSport, manufactured by Czech Sport Aircraft (CSA) and
distributed through master distributor PiperSport
Distribution, Inc., is immediately available for sale, with first
deliveries scheduled for April.
"The PiperSport gives us versatility and an exciting entry-level
aircraft that we think will be an excellent addition to our model
line throughout Asia/Pacific and all our global markets," said Mary
Messuti, Managing Director, Piper Aircraft Asia. "Bringing the
PiperSport to our market here is yet another example of Piper's new
focus on expanding operations in Asia/Pacific."
The PiperSport features a rate of climb of 1,200 feet per minute
and is capable of reaching a maximum cruise speed of 138 miles per
hour and an altitude of 10,000 feet. The aircraft has a gross
weight of 1,320 pounds and 600 pounds of useful load. With
the ability to run on automotive fuel, the PiperSport's 30-gallon
fuel capacity gives the aircraft a range of 600 nautical miles and
the ability to refuel virtually anywhere in the world that offers
either 100LL or premium, unleaded automotive fuel.
There are three variants of the aircraft: The PiperSport, the
PiperSport LT (primarily a training model), PiperSport LTD
(professional model). Each model features the latest in
luxury and is equipped with a 100-hp Rotax 912 engine and a BRS
complete aircraft parachute recovery system. Each model also
features the same gross weight, speed, fuel capacity, and
range. Prices range from $119,000 to $139,000.
As to specific models, the PiperSport includes:
- Dynon D100 Flight Display
- Garmin 495 GPS
- Garmin SL40 Nav/Com
- Garmin GTX 328 Transponder
- Ameriking ELT
- PS Engineering PM3000 Intercom
In addition to the equipment in the base model PiperSport, the
PiperSport LT substitutes the Dynon D120 Engine Monitoring system
for the PiperSport's analog display, and the top-of-the-line
PiperSport LTD also features the Dynon AP74/HS34 autopilot.
Gould underscored Piper's heritage in light aircraft and pointed
out that CSA - Piper's supplier - is a leader in the Light
Sport Aviation segment of the industry. He added
that the PiperSport models build on CSA's excellent products and
reputation with added features specifically for the PiperSport.
"Piper's heritage dates from what was one of the original 'LSA'
aircraft of its time: the venerable Piper Cub," Gould said. "Piper
is in many ways returning to a market segment we played an integral
role in inventing ... but with all the state-of-the-art elements
that our customers expect today, from design and manufacturing to
performance, avionics and reliability.