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Piper Celebrates 75th Anniversary During AirVenture 2012

OSHKOSH, Wisc. - July 23, 2012

Piper Aircraft Inc. is celebrating the company’s and the Piper Cub’s 75th Anniversary all week during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, July 23-29. Additionally, the company is exhibiting its single-engine M-Class lineup and several twin-engine aircraft along with the famed Piper Cub, which launched the company in 1937.

 

Aircraft on Display at Oshkosh

In addition to the vintage Cub, Piper will display the top-of-the-line single-engine turboprop Meridian, pressurized single-engine Mirage and the unpressurized Matrix, which form the M-Class lineup. Piper will also have an interior mockup of the Meridian on display and another turboprop Piper Meridian at NBAA’s booth at EAA. The company will show a multiengine Piper Seminole with a new air conditioning system from Kelly Aerospace.

 

The Seminole is on display courtesy of Redbird Flight Simulations, which took delivery of the airplane at Sun ’n Fun in March. Redbird’s Skyport laboratory is an innovative and multifaceted aviation research and development facility. Skyport is the culmination of the efforts of Redbird Flight Simulations and King Schools and is supported by GAMA, AOPA and other industry partners. Skyport is a first step in developing solutions to the challenges of a shrinking pilot population, staggering student dropout rate and the ever-increasing cost of flight training.

A Year of Festivities

To commemorate the 75th Diamond Anniversary of the company and the plane that made it famous, Piper is celebrating its history all year long, with a focus on AirVenture 2012. A number of events have already occurred, and exciting festivities are planned for the remainder of the year.

 

Hundreds of Piper Cubs turned the EAA AirVenture 2012 Oshkosh flightline into a “field of yellow” as aviation celebrates the iconic aircraft’s 75th anniversary. Piper Cub owners participated in the fly-in and are an integral part of the celebration.

 

Additionally, a Piper J-3 Cub will be awarded to a lucky winner as the grand prize in the 2012 EAA “Win the Cub” Aircraft Sweepstakes. The EAA Sweepstakes, one of the longest running airplane giveaways in the world, annually supports EAA’s aviation education programs. In a change from past years, EAA Sweepstakes entry forms will be available throughout EAA AirVenture 2012. All prizes will be awarded to winners in random drawings at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh on Sept. 10, 2012.

 

Activities planned throughout EAA AirVenture 2012 encompass a number of activities.

 

Friday, July 20

Cubs 2 Osh Staging at Hartford Municipal Airport (HXF)

 

Saturday, July 21

Cubs 2 Osh Staging at Hartford Municipal Airport (HXF)

Dinner sponsored by Piper

 

Sunday, July 22

Cubs 2 Osh

As many as 200 Piper Cubs will arrive in Oshkosh en masse before EAA AirVenture 2012.

Piper is a sponsor and is working with EAA to make it a memorable event.

 

Monday, July 23

Oshkosh EAA AirVenture

Aviation Press Media Luncheon (by invitation)

Piper Press Conference

 

Tuesday, July 24

Cub Day at EAA

Anniversary Cake 2 p.m. at Piper Tent

EAA AirVenture 2012

 

Wednesday, July 25

Theatre in the Woods

EAA AirVenture 2012

With Piper family and Piper President/CEO Simon Caldecott

 

Thursday, July 26

EAA AirVenture 2012

Piper Aircraft book signing

By Roger Peperell, Piper Historian

 

Friday, July 27

EAA AirVenture 2012

Malibu/Mirage Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA) Gathering

 

Piper will end the year of celebration in November with a factory fly-in and party at its Vero Beach manufacturing facility and global headquarters. The event will include a BBQ lunch, factory tours and vendor exhibits to commemorate 75 years of aviation history for Piper and the famous Piper Cub.

About Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft, Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida. A global force in aviation, Piper is an investment of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Brunei. The company offers efficient single-engine and twin-engine trainer, personal and business aircraft. With economical acquisition and operating costs, Piper airplanes deliver the best value available today and into the future. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

 

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Piper Aircraft

For further information, contact:
Jackie Carlon
Phone: (772) 299-2900
Fax: (772) 978-6585
Mail to: Jackie.Carlon@piper.com
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