Vero Beach Memoirs

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.

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Celebrating 75 years

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.

Piper shows off Meridian at Ferrari gathering

While much of the general aviation world is in Palm Springs, Calif., this weekend for the AOPA Aviation Summit, some folks from Piper Aircraft are there for a different reason — they are showing off a Piper Meridian at the Ferrari Club of America‘s annual meeting.

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FAA issues two Piper ADs

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 launches Seneca V demo tour

Last week’s AirVenture was the launch site for a multi-state demonstration tour for the Piper Seneca V, a twin-engine turbocharged aircraft.

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Piper’s deliveries, revenues continue to rise

OSHKOSH — Piper Aircraft continued to increase new aircraft deliveries and grow revenues during the first half of 2012, sustaining an upward performance trajectory for the past two and a half years, company officials noted at last week’s AirVenture.

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Piper parties on 75th birthday

Piper Aircraft Inc. will celebrate the company’s and the Piper Cub’s 75th anniversary during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, July 23-29.

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Centurion certified for Piper PA28

The 155-hp Centurion 2.0s engine is now certified in Europe for retrofitting the Piper PA28.

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Piper Seminoles get air conditioning upgrades

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.

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Piper reports European sales stronger than expected

Piper Aircraft dealers in Europe have noted a sales trend toward new, more fuel-efficient business aircraft.

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