Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2018 issue
VERO BEACH, FLA. – Piper Aircraft Inc. achieved double-digit growth in new aircraft revenue and deliveries for 2017, as demand for trainer aircraft and M-class products continued to expand. The increase in demand for Piper aircraft, resulting in an increase in production, has driven the company headcount to over 900 employees at its headquarters in Vero Beach, Florida. During the past 18 months, Piper Aircraft has hired over 300 new employees, representing more than a 20% increase in its workforce.
“With aircraft orders in place for 2018, and several long-term contracts for trainer aircraft, the near-term forecast is stable,” said President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “Additionally, our commitment to a level-loaded, build-to-order business model further enhances stability and creates a consistent workload for the team. We are driven to continuously improve our products in support of our customers and their needs, which helps create demand and results in the need for a strong and committed workforce.”
Piper builds the single-engine M-Class series cabin-class aircraft including the M600, M500 and M350. The Twin Class Seneca and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole, and Seneca form the most complete technically-advanced line of training aircraft in the world. Unparalleled service and support is offered through a network of 38 dealers and nearly 100 service centers worldwide.