VERO BEACH, FLA. — Piper Aircraft and the Piper Cub’s year-long 75th anniversary celebration will culminate with a customer fly-in Nov. 9-11. The invitation-only weekend features a welcome reception, vendor exhibits, aircraft static display, customer awards, facility tours, a history lesson from Piper’s official historian, a Piper meet-up and send-off pancake breakfast.
“This celebration is taking on a life of its own,” says Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “Industry sponsors have been lining up, as have political leaders and the aviation media. We’ve already received well over 40 aircraft reservations for the fly-in, which will feature Piper airplanes all the way from the Piper Cub to today’s M-Class aircraft. We expect many more to commit as we get closer to the event itself.”
More than 20 companies will be exhibiting at the fly-in and a number of companies are pitching in to help sponsor the weekend celebration, Piper officials said. Sponsors include:
- Bendix King by Honeywell
- Bose Corporation
- Garmin International Inc.
- SimCom Training Centers
- ACR /Artex (ACR Electronics, Inc.)
- Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
- Bimini Bay Resort and Marina
- Hartzell Propeller Inc.
- OmnAvia Interiors
- UTC Aerospace Systems
A Year of Festivities
Piper has been celebrating its history all year long. More than 100 Piper Cubs turned the EAA AirVenture 2012 Oshkosh flightline into a “field of yellow” as aviation’s largest gathering celebrated the iconic aircraft’s 75th anniversary. Piper Cub owners participated in the EAA fly-in and have been an integral part of the on-going celebration.
Additionally, winner Jeff Parnau received a restored 1940 Piper J-3 Cub grand prize in the 2012 EAA Win the Cub Sweepstakes. The editor-at-large at World Airshow News magazine, he has a flight school in Wisconsin. His Cub, which commemorated the 75th anniversary of the famous taildragger, has less than 100 hours on it since a complete airframe restoration and overhaul of its Continental A-65-8 engine. Restored to original condition, the airplane includes factory wheelpants, TrickAir Sport 1500 snow skis, sealed struts, Slick magnetos, and a 12-gallon wing tank.
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