OSHKOSH, WI. – July 20, 2015 – Piper Aircraft has announced the collaboration with Garmin on the development of “Piper Pilot”, the Piper-specific avionics app based on Garmin Pilot™ for iPad and iPhone.
The first phase of Piper Pilot allows aviators to file their flight plans and receive full en route navigation on an interactive map. The “ideal cockpit companion”, Piper Pilot offers 3D Vision, aviation weather, flight plan filing, advanced traffic and weather, and pilot logbook. Piper Pilot is integrated into the cockpit. Connected with the certified avionics, Piper Pilot operates with a user logic that is already familiar to Garmin users, working in accompaniment with the Garmin avionics suite. Over time the product will continue to evolve and include additional features to better support Piper owners.
“Piper Pilot is truly intuitive,” said Drew McEwen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Piper Aircraft. “The Piper-specific features make it inherently easier to use for our customers, with features specific to the PA-46 family of products.”
Future enhancements to Piper Pilot will include the incorporation of Piper-specific features designed to simplify the pre-flight planning experience with seamless integration to in-flight activities. Piper Pilot is comprehensive in approach by offering aviators worldwide weather data, including METARs, TAFs, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, winds aloft, and real-time lightning information. It provides ATC preferred routes in the United States to ensure the safest possible route of travel, in addition to animated radar, infrared and visible satellite imagery in the United States, Western Europe, Australia, and Canada.
Phase I of Piper Pilot will be complete in September of this year and is due to debut thereafter. A 2-year subscription will be provided to the purchasers of any new M-class product.
For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of ADS-B solutions and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and value. For more information about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to www.garmin.com/aviation.
About Piper M-Class Aircraft
M-Class aircraft offer Piper performance and safety built upon a proven airframe that has been an industry standard for years. Four refined derivatives comprise the full line: the M600, the M500, the M350, and the Matrix. Each product fits its own niche and price point, and each aircraft provides a seamless step-up to the next level. Created to maximize the business and the private travel experience, the M-Class line balances performance, efficiency and simplicity with industry leading value.
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600, M500, M350 and Matrix – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca V and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.