Vero Beach, Fla., May 24, 2016 – Piper Aircraft, Inc. announced that the Archer DX TBR (Time Before Replacement) for its Continental Diesel, CD-155 engine has increased to 2,100 hours. This significant TBR increase affects CD-155 engines manufactured since December 1, 2015 and all Archer DX models beginning in 2016. This represents the accomplishment of a huge milestone as both Continental Motors and Piper Aircraft continue to focus on delivering superior products to their customers with the lowest possible operating costs. “Continuous investment in research, development and production quality enhancements has resulted in improved engine design; lower costs of ownership and operation” said Jürgen Schwarz, EVP Engineering of Continental Motor Group.

The lifetime extension was possible due to several design improvements engineered in the last two years. Through key improvements, continuous testing and field experience, the CD-155 is now rated to a TBR of 2,100 hours. The TBR of the CD-155 increases from 1,200 hours to 2,100 hours. In addition, the gearbox and timing chain will be rated for 1,200 hours. “This is a major step forward and advancement for the Archer DX and Piper Customers. This improvement helps further strengthen the value proposition of this innovative aircraft. Considering that many of our customers our flight training operators who need to control costs, the Archer DX is quickly becoming the value leader in the single engine trainer market”, remarked Simon Caldecott, President and CEO of Piper Aircraft, Inc.

About Piper Archer DX
Powered by the Continental CD-155 diesel engine, the Archer DX cruises at a speed of 114 KTAS / 211 km/h (at 70% power) on only 5.8 gph / 22 kph of jet fuel. The G1000 avionics come standard and provide a great mix of low workload and high technology. The special flight school interior, and the aircraft overall, -are designed to stand up to the rigors of flight training. The Archer DX offers competitive operating economics with a proven airframe perfect for flight training organizations worldwide.

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 Warrior, 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.

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