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PIPER OFFERS ARCHER LX READY, SET, FLY TRAINING PROGRAM

LAKELAND, Fla. - March 29, 2011

Piper Aircraft Inc. is offering new Archer LX customers their own private pilot training in about three concentrated weeks at Vero Beach Municipal Airport. The Piper Ready, Set, Fly program helps new aircraft owners learn to fly safely and efficiently, and promotes growth in general aviation by encouraging people to become pilots.

The Ready, Set, Fly training program for Piper Archer LXs will take place in customers’ new aircraft at Vero Beach, Florida. Piper made the announcement on the first day of the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo here in Lakeland.

“Piper’s Archer LX Ready, Set, Fly program solves several of the common detractors to successfully learning to fly, according to recent AOPA independent research,” says Piper Executive Vice President Randy Groom. The AOPA study indicated that those detractors were lack of convenience, the quality of instruction at some facilities, and scheduling hassles that hinder progress for prospective student pilots.

“Piper’s program addresses the convenience issue head on, because the standardized training course will be offered in a highly concentrated, three-week course, with a dedicated, professional instructor,” Groom says. And with a concentrated program, prospective Archer LX pilots will learn to fly safely and efficiently in professional environment while enjoying the flying benefits of a warm, pleasant coastal environment, and they will get to do it in their very own aircraft.” Using customers’ own new Piper Archer LX aircraft for training also answers the issue of subpar flying equipment found at some training locations.

Zero Time to Private Pilot

The custom program created specifically for Piper Archer LX owners will enable them to go from zero time to completion of their private pilot training safely, efficiently and efficiently. This new and innovative training program emphasizes Piper’s commitment to help build the aviation industry by providing a safe, professional entry-level pilot learning environment.

“Piper’s Archer LX Ready, Set, Fly program was created specifically as a means to introduce aspiring pilots to aviation through the Piper product line by giving them an opportunity to step in and step up as their flying career progresses,” says Groom. Ready, Set, Fly further illustrates Piper’s continuing commitment to the light aircraft segment and to the critical general aviation mission of attracting new pilots to the industry.

The Archer LX is a single-engine aircraft powered by a Lycoming 0-360-A4M, 180 hp engine able to fly 128 ktas / 237 km/h with a range of 522 nm (822 km). With the Garmin G500 avionics suite, it costs $309,900 new. If already a qualified private pilot, Archer LX customers can apply their Ready, Set, Fly privileges toward another FAA certification. Customers may also elect to conduct the training at another location with the training provider of their choice.

About Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla. A global force in aviation, Piper offers efficient single- engine and twin-engine trainer, personal and business aircraft. Piper Aircraft designs, manufactures, sells and supports the strongest and broadest single-engine product line in the industry, from high-performance pistons to turboprops to the world’s most fuel-efficient seven-person business jet, the PiperJet Altaire. With economical acquisition and operating costs, Piper airplanes deliver the best values 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 piper.com