Piper Aircraft Inc. and Winters Aviation, its authorized aircraft dealer in France and Belgium, will exhibit three M-Class single-engine turboprop Meridians at the 6th Cannes International General Aviation Exhibition June 7-9 at Cannes-Mandelieu Airport (LFMD).

“Piper is looking forward to working in partnership with Winters Aviation at the Cannes AirShow, the only pure general aviation exhibition in France and in the South of Europe,” said Piper Director of Marketing and Communications Jackie Carlon, who will represent Piper at the French event. “We will display the latest 2012 model improvements for the top-of-the-line single-engine Meridian.”

Piper’s emphasis on its M-Class series at the Cannes exhibition reflects a growing trend in Europe toward new, more fuel-efficient business aircraft. Early this year Piper delivered three new Piper Meridian turboprops into France, and the company has five more M-Class single-engine aircraft set for delivery to retail customers in Europe this year.


“More buyers are selecting new fuel-efficient aircraft to replace larger twin-engine airplanes as attention turns to higher fuel costs,” said Peter Winters, General Manager of Winters Aviation. “With Piper M-Class turboprops and piston-powered airplanes, they keep their cabin-class travel options.”

About the Piper Meridian

Designed to meet the stringent requirements of scheduled business and personal transportation, the Piper Meridian combines advanced Garmin with the reliable, proven Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A turboprop engine, resulting in an airplane up to the challenges of the most demanding mission profiles.

The Meridian provides turboprop power, 1,000 nm range, 260 ktas cruise speed and Flight Into Known Icing. It also has strong takeoff and landing performance, especially in hot and high conditions, along with the ability to climb to altitude quickly and efficiently topping most weather and turbulence. Passengers enjoy the low vibration levels of the Meridian’s turboprop engine, the comfort of a pressurized, air-conditioned cabin environment and seating similar to that found in aircraft costing twice as much.

About Winters Aviation

Winters Aviation was founded in 1996. With headquarters at Antwerp Airport, the company has extensive knowledge and expertise in aircraft sales, maintenance and aviation consulting. In 2007, Winters Aviation was appointed as exclusive importer and distributor of Piper Aircraft for Belgium, following two years later with the exclusive dealership in France for Piper Aircraft and its overseas territories. Winters is also a Part 145 Maintenance Organization. For more info go to: www.piper.com.

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