In a move to lower the cost of aircraft
ownership, Piper Aircraft of Vero Beach, Florida, announced a new
program to match potential aircraft buyers who want to share an aircraft
Monday afternoon at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
PiperMatch, as the company is calling it,
“works like online dating,” said Piper Executive Vice President
“Basically you enter your name into a
database established and managed so we can identify people in similar
geographic regions with similar interests and budgets,” he explained,
“so they can meet others with those interests in their area.”
In addition to matching potential
ownership partners, the program will also offer assistance with
financing, taxes, insurance, and other purchase and ownership issues.
Piper provided an update of its global
sales network expansion, with three new sales offices to service the
Americas, Asia/Pacific, and the Europe/Middle East/Africa regions.
In other company news, Piper has chosen
DeCrane Aerospace of Wichita, Kansas, and Propel Designs of Seattle,
Washington, to assist with the design of the interior of the PiperJet.
Italian manufacturer Mecaer Aviation Group will design and build the
landing gear system for the new jet single.
Groom noted that while last year Piper
had only a few engineers working on the PiperJet, currently about 100
engineers are working full time on the project.
The company also reported that unit sales
in 2010 are on pace to increase 75 percent over last year and reiterated
the commitment that Piper’s owner, Imprimis, based in Brunei, was
committed to the long term success of the company.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time at
Piper,” Groom said. “We have strong leadership, some great talent,
backed by a strong and committed owner.”