POC Aircraft Nears Completion; 1/5 Model Completes Testing
Piper Aircraft announced Tuesday morning at NBAA 2007 it has
selected Garmin International Inc. to provide the avionics suite
for its all-new PiperJet.
"The PiperJet is a revolutionary new aircraft combining
performance, style, utility, capability and pricing," said James K.
Bass, President & CEO of Piper Aircraft. "Piper has had a
long and close history with Garmin, and we are excited about what
they will bring to the PiperJet. Simply put, in selecting
Garmin for the PiperJet, we focused on state-of-the-art avionics
for a best-in-class aircraft."
"The PiperJet's revolutionary design and impressive performance
have positioned it to be another great Piper aircraft," said Gary
Kelley, Garmin's Vice President of Marketing. "We are proud to join
the PiperJet team at such an exciting time and believe that this
announcement is yet another example of our commitment to serve the
entry-level business jet market."
Scheduled for delivery in 2010, the PiperJet's as-yet unnamed
Garmin avionics suite will include two primary flight displays
(PFDs) that digitally integrate flight information on large-format
displays for easy interpretation by the pilot. The PFDs
interface with Garmin's Attitude and Heading Reference System
(AHRS), which features rapid, in-motion alignment -- and can
reliably align, even while the aircraft is in flight.
A multifunction display (MFD) will also be included, that puts
all aircraft systems monitoring and flight-planning functions at
the pilot's fingertips. The MFD depicts a composite view of the
aircraft's environment, enhancing situational awareness to provide
the pilot with key information to make safe decisions during each
phase of flight. Engine performance and situational data such as
location, terrain, traffic, weather and airport information are all
digitally depicted and can be easily interpreted at a glance on the
Also included will
be Garmin's Automatic Flight Control System, an attitude
based, three-axis autopilot that makes it possible for pilots to
maintain airspeed references and optimize performance over the
entire airspeed envelope.
"The PiperJet breaks the mold in offering an unparalleled blend
of performance and luxury," Bass said. "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, it's not about being first
to market, it's about getting it right in the first place."
Piper tells ANN the PiperJet proof-of-concept aircraft continues
to advance through various stages of assembly, with its fuselage
currently in Piper's Flight Test hangar. In the meantime,
construction continues on the primary and secondary airframe
structures as completion of the proof-of-concept draws near.
"We're making great progress with engineering evaluation and
development, first flight and eventual certification," said Bob
Kromer, Piper's Vice President of Sales.
Most recently, a 1/5-scale model of the PiperJet with remotely
controlled flight surfaces completed three weeks of testing at the
Kirsten Wind Tunnel at the University of Washington Aeronautical
Laboratory in Seattle. In all, PiperJet testing focused on 973
individual data runs that provided Piper engineers with essential
data for further aerodynamic analysis and product development.
"With the PiperJet," Kromer said, "we are creating an aircraft
that not only meets customer expectations but also exceeds them.
Our order book continues to grow in the face of stiff competition,
as we define a new level of capability and features and set new
standards of performance within general aviation."