VERO BEACH, Florida — Piper Aircraft ended 2012 with a 13% jump in revenue, fueled by a 16% rise in deliveries of new aircraft.
With apologies to both playwright Neil Simon and Brighton Beach, it was a sentimental journey Nov. 10 to Vero Beach, Florida, for Piper’s Factory Fly-In, the final event of the Cub’s 75th Anniversary year.
Piper Aircraft will wrap up a year of celebrations for the Cub’s 75th anniversary at a fly-in at the factory in Vero Beach, Florida, the weekend of Nov. 9-11. The weekend will feature a welcome reception, vendor exhibits, an aircraft static display, facility tours, a History of Piper Aircraft presentation, and a pancake breakfast. For more information: Fly-In@piper.com or 772-299-2141.
The FAA published two airworthiness directives this week that affect the Piper general aviation fleet. According to a report at AVweb.com, a final rule published on Monday affects 3,100 Piper Comanches, requiring inspections of the stabilator horn assembly, at a cost of about $1,000 per airplane. If the assembly needs to be replaced, it would cost another $1,600. Failure of the stabilator horn could lead to a loss of pitch control in flight, the FAA said. A proposed rule published on Tuesday affects about 1,000 Piper twins, which supersedes an existing AD that requires repetitive inspections of the exhaust system.
Piper Aircraft Inc. will celebrate the company’s and the Piper Cub’s 75th anniversary during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, July 23-29.
The 155-hp Centurion 2.0s engine is now certified in Europe for retrofitting the Piper PA28.
Piper Aircraft is adding the Kelly Aerospace ThermaCool air conditioning system to new 2012 twin-engine Piper Seminoles as an option, and making the system available via retrofit for the Seminole fleet.