PiperJet Rocks the NBAA House...
We've known about this
for a while, but we'll admit to being quite pleasantly surprised at
how nice it seems to be turning out. What we're speaking of, of
course, is Piper's massive new announcement... their long-awaited,
if unconventional, entry into the jet business.
Piper has finally told ANN, officially, that it will expand into
the jet market with the all-new PiperJet, a bird that they call "a
revolutionary new aircraft that will offer customers a
class-setting combination of performance, style, utility,
capability and pricing."
In making the announcement at NBAA 2006, Piper revealed that the
PiperJet's clean-sheet design incorporates single-engine turbofan
power for optimum cost efficiency, state-of-the-art safety
measures, and a strong, smooth all-metal body.
The PiperJet will be capable of reaching a cruising speed of 360
knots and a maximum operating altitude of 35,000 feet. The six
passenger PiperJet - with an option for either a seventh seat or
enclosable lavatory - offers a mission-capable profile and sensuous
luxury that sets the standard in its class, with a range of 1,300
nautical miles and a full-fuel payload of 800 lbs.
"The PiperJet breaks the mold in offering an unparalleled blend
of performance and luxury," said Piper President & CEO James K.
Bass (pictured below).
"In designing this revolutionary aircraft, we have assembled the
finest team of engineers and designers and conducted an extensive
consumer research effort to ensure that the PiperJet will be second
to none. In effect, every measure has been taken to make sure that
the PiperJet answers what our customers have told us they want and
need in a jet, because at the end of the day, its not about being
first to market, it's about getting it right in the first
Built using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing processes,
the PiperJet will feature the latest in integrated glass avionics,
a luxurious interior and advanced manufacturing techniques
pioneered by Piper. Priced from $2.199M (in 2006 USD with a
CPI-W escalator), the PiperJet will provide unbeatable value while
delivering Piper's legendary uncompromising standards.
"The PiperJet will be certified in the Normal Category under FAA
Part 23 and applicable foreign certification standards," said John
Becker, Piper's Vice President of Engineering. "It's designed
to be flown by a single pilot and will be RVSM Certified.
Moreover, its innovative design includes ample baggage space and
class-setting useful load. The PiperJet will be certified to
a maximum operating altitude of 35,000 feet, well above the weather
while combining performance with the latest safety technologies and
The PiperJet is designed with the owner in mind.
"Whatever the mission - short trip, long trip, business or
vacation - the PiperJet has the ability to get you there quickly
and easily," said Bass. "With a full-fuel payload of 800
pounds*, the PiperJet can fly across the U.S. with only one stop
for fuel, and it does it at a price that no competitor can beat
without sacrificing passengers and cargo. In effect, value is just
one more facet of PiperJet's unequalled energy and beauty. It's
this blend that makes the PiperJet an aircraft to be reckoned
With deliveries anticipated to begin in the first half of 2010,
the PiperJet will provide the final word in comfort and
luxury. Focusing on the latest in ergonomic automobile
design, the PiperJet will provide passengers with an interior that
synthesizes a sophisticated color palette with a spacious,
energetic design. A wealth of features, from rich leather seats,
deep zebra wood details and rich fabrics and trim to perfectly
placed storage, cup holders and docking stations for personal
electronics, the PiperJet is equally attentive to pilot and
passenger comfort and needs, reduced workload and ease of
Navigation, situational awareness and system information will
all be delivered through next-generation technologies. From Flight
Into Known Icing (FIKI) to FADEC, the PiperJet's focus is on
optimal operational excellence, user-friendliness, and safety.
The PiperJet is designed with versatility in mind, speaking to
an elegant melding of form and function. The latest, most advanced
avionics and guidance systems allow the pilot to blaze the skies
with confidence and control. Moreover, the flexibility to configure
the ample 293 cubic foot cabin to suit the mission makes the
"Your mission defines the aircraft's configuration," said
Becker. "The PiperJet's design incorporates storage space that you
can easily configure to include a hard-sided lavatory, seventh
seat, storage cabinet or entertainment/beverage center. Moreover, a
36-inch door easily accommodates larger cargo and facilitates ease
of entry. The PiperJet is about the journey … and the
journey is about uncompromising luxury, utility and performance at
PiperJet also incorporates major innovations that speak directly
to performance and value for money. They include a
high-speed, natural laminar flow (NLF) wing that enhances fuel
economy and performance and advanced metal bonding for improved
strength and manufacturing integrity. Piper also is working
with the world's leading avionics manufacturers to identify and
integrate what will be the most advanced, cutting-edge integrated
avionics available when the PiperJet delivers in 2010.
Piper has assembled an extensive team of design and
manufacturing engineers, sales and marketing personnel, customer
service associates, dealers, suppliers and vendors to design,
manufacture and bring the PiperJet to market.
"We are utilizing a system of simultaneous engineering to ensure
that PiperJet comes to market in a smooth, foolproof and
expeditious fashion," said Bass. "From the beginning, we have
ensured that every aspect of the PiperJet's development,
manufacturing and marketing is coordinated for a seamless
transition from the drawing board to dealer showrooms. By
having every stakeholder - from customers to engineers to sales and
marketing professionals and dealers - involved in the process, we
have covered every angle from concept to customer."