Piper Celebrates 75th Anniversary At AirVenture

OSHKOSH, WIS. – To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Piper Aircraft, and the plane that made it famous, Piper is celebrating its history all year long, and focused on EAA AirVenture 2012, July 23-29 in Oshkosh, Wis. Hundreds of Piper Cubs turned the Oshkosh flightline into a “field of yellow” as aviation celebrated the iconic aircraft’s 75th anniversary. Additionally, a Piper J-3 Cub was awarded this year as the grand prize in the 2012 EAA “Win the Cub” Aircraft Sweepstakes. The EAA Sweepstakes, one of the longest running airplane giveaways in the world, annually supports EAA’s aviation education programs.

Additionally, Piper exhibited its single-engine M-Class aircraft lineup and several twin-engine aircraft, along with the famed Piper Cub, which launched the company in 1937.

Piper displayed the top-of-the-line single-engine turboprop Meridian and a single-engine, unpressurized Matrix; both form the M-Class lineup. Also on display were a twin-engine turbocharged Piper Seneca V, and a single-engine Piper Archer.

Piper also displayed two twin-engine Seminoles: one courtesy of the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; the other Seminole – featuring a new air conditioning system from Kelly Aerospace – was courtesy of Redbird Flight Simulations, which took delivery of the airplane at Sun ’n Fun in March.

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.

Simon Caldecott was named President and CEO of Piper Aircraft in October 2011. He joined Piper in 2009 and was formerly the Vice President of Operations. With more than 37 years in aviation, Caldecott is a seasoned and successful aerospace executive with international experience at the senior level in European and North American companies. Prior to Piper, Caldecott was Vice President of Assembly Integration and Testing with Raytheon Aircraft, and more recently, Vice President of Assembly Operations with that company’s successor, Hawker Beechcraft. Simon’s education includes studies in Aeronautical Engineering in Wales and programs in Business Management at the London School of Business and the Chicago Graduate School of Business. Caldecott worked as a design engineer for British Aerospace on the development of the Hawker mid-size business jet, rising to be responsible for manufacturing, assembly, flight testing and completion of Hawkers.

Des Moines Flying Service and Chicago Piper represent Piper Aircraft Sales and Parts in the Midwest. For additional information, contact Chris Siberz, John Lowe, or David Kay at 1-800-622-8311 (www.dmfs.com, www.chicagopiper.com).

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