Piper History Timeline

1937 1938 1948 1954 1957 1972 1983 1994 2000 2008 2012 2013 2015 2017


William T. Piper established the Piper Aircraft Corporation and the Piper Cub is Born.

The History of Piper Aircraft has been the subject of numerous books and research projects—with over 80 years of aviation industry leadership, the Piper Aircraft family and aircraft are legendary. Come with us on a trip through the generations of Piper Aircraft…

Piper Cub Factory


Piper Aircraft establishes the Dealer Network.

Jake Miller becomes the Sales Manager and successfully expands the Dealer Network, increasing sales of aircraft for training, personal and business class users.

Jake Miller of Piper Aircraft


PA-15 Vagabond

The PA-15 Vagabond is developed and enables the company to prosper during the late 1940s.

PA15 Vagabond from Piper Aircraft in black and white


PA-23 Apache

The PA-23 Apache is born, becoming Piper’s first twin-engine, all-metal aircraft.

PA23 Apache from Piper Aircraft in black and white


Fred Weick joins Piper Aircraft.

Fred Weick joins Piper Aircraft and establishes the developer center and manufacturing plant in Vero Beach, Florida.

Fred Weick's contribution to Piper Aircraft


PA-31T Cheyenne

Piper Aircraft certifies the Company’s first turbine aircraft, the PA-31T Cheyenne.

Cheyenne model from Piper Aircraft


PA-46 Malibu

The piston-powered, pressurized, PA-46 Malibu, receives certification.

PA46-310P Malibu from Piper Aircraft


PA-28 Archer III

The PA-28 Archer III is launched.

Archer III model from Piper Aircraft


PA-46 Meridian

The turboprop PA-46, Meridian, the company’s first single-engine turbine powered aircraft, receives certification.

Meridian model from Piper Aircraft


PA-46 Matrix

The unpressurized, piston-powered, PA-46 Matrix, is born.

Matrix model from Piper Aircraft


75 Years of Piper

Piper Aircraft celebrates 75 years of the Piper Cub and manufacturing aircraft.

Piper 75th Logo


Double Anniversary for Piper

60th Anniversary of Piper’s first twin-engine aircraft, the Apache, and the 30th Anniversary of the PA-46 Malibu.

Piper Aircraft plane model



Piper unveils the M-Class with three revolutionary aircraft—the M350, M500 and M600—at a historic launch event in Vero Beach, Florida.

Piper Aircraft M class model with a sunset


80 Years of Piper

Piper celebrates its 80th Anniversary of aviation leadership.

Piper 80th Anniversary Logo
Piper Aircraft Headquarters

Factory Tours

You can’t see legendary aircraft being built just anywhere. But at Piper Aircraft’s Vero Beach campus, you can experience the culmination of over 80 years of aircraft manufacturing and engineering expertise, innovation, technological advancement and vision.

Tours Available

Monday – Thursday : 10:00AM and 1:00PM


To make your reservation, please contact us at:

Phone: 772.567.4361
Email: tours@piper.com

Piper Factory Tours


Simon Caldecott of Piper Aircraft

Simon Caldecott

President and Chief Executive Officer
Simon Caldecott was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Piper Aircraft in October 2011. One of his first initiatives was to recommit the com... Read Bio
John Calcagno of Piper Aircraft

John Calcagno

Chief Financial Officer
John Calcagno was named Chief Financial Officer in 2012. He joined the Piper team in March 2010 and is responsible for information technology, enterprise r... Read Bio
James Funk of Piper Aircraft

James W. Funk

Chief Operations Officer
James W. Funk joined Piper in January 2013, and is responsible for aircraft manufacturing operations, production engineering, logistics and quality. He bri... Read Bio
Buddy Sessoms

Buddy Sessoms

Chief Technologist
Buddy Sessoms was named Chief Technologist in 2018. Buddy joined Piper Aircraft in 1998 and has held product development positions of increasing responsibi... Read Bio
Kevin Keegan of Piper Aircraft

Kevin Keegan

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Kevin Keegan joined Piper Aircraft in March 2016 as Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. As Piper’s General Counsel, Kevin is respon... Read Bio
Ron Gunnarson of Piper Aircraft

Ron Gunnarson

Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support
Ron Gunnarson is the Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support at Piper Aircraft. Appointed to this position in January 2017, Gunnarson is r... Read Bio
Greg Spadaro

Greg Spadaro

Senior Director, Materials
Greg Spadaro joined Piper Aircraft as Director of Materials in April 2010, responsible for Scheduling/Planning, Production Control, Purchasing, and Sourcin... Read Bio
Eric Wright

Eric Wright

Senior Director of Certification and Compliance
Eric Wright was appointed Senior Director of Certification and Compliance of Piper Aircraft on September 2, 2019.  In this new role, he is responsible for... Read Bio
Marc Ouellet

Marc Ouellet

Senior Director of Engineering
Marc Ouellet was appointed Sr. Director of Engineering in September 2019. In his new role, Ouellet leads the Engineering, Service Publications and the Prog... Read Bio

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Community Outreach

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Think Pink decal on a Piper Aircraft for Breast Cancer Awareness
Piper Aircraft's "Wings for a Cure" Team in Indian River County
Piper Aircraft employees standing next to an aircraft
Think Pink decal on a Piper Aircraft for Breast Cancer Awareness

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