Piper Aircraft says it will display “the broadest and strongest single-engine product line in the aviation industry” during the upcoming NBAA annual convention, Oct. 19-21 in Atlanta.
The company will bring a mockup of a PiperJet featuring a larger and improved cabin, as well as a new name to be announced on the first day of the convention.
Piper will have both the PiperJet and Meridian mockups on display in the Georgia World Congress Center. Also on static display at Atlanta’s DeKalb Peachtree Airport will be the Piper Meridian, Piper Mirage and Piper Matrix.
"In these tough economic times every airplane in Piper's broad product line is a cost effective alternative to higher priced twins," Piper CEO Geoffrey Berger recently said in a company statement.
He and other officials with the company will be on hand during the events in Atlanta.
AIN recently reported on the PiperJet developments, citing company officials calling this “the next step” for the aircraft. The story also recapped a recent deal with Millennium Concepts to make “one of the safest and most reliable” seats for the PiperJet.
As the aircraft maker visits NBAA, work continues on its facility to produce the very-light jet, including adding air conditioning and other modifications to a 75,000 square-foot building, reports AvWeb.
Among the many business-aviation companies to attend the NBAA annual convention next week, Oct. 19 - 21 in Atlanta, will be Embraer.
A day prior to the official start of the convention, the company will hold a press conference, at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., Room No. 2.
According to ASDNews, Embraer will set up a static display at DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK), featuring the Phenom 100, Phenom 300 and Legacy 500 jets. All of which will be alongside the Legacy 650 and Lineage 1000, large and ultra-large jets that will be making their first appearance at the convention.
The ASDNews report says several of Embraer’s executive-level representatives will be on hand to discuss aspects of the aircraft programs, as well as other company initiatives.
Get complete information on NBAA 2010 at the association's web site, here.
A day prior to the official start of the NBAA Convention, on Oct. 19 in Atlanta, the National Business Aviation Association and Cessna Aircraft will host a session focused on single-pilot aircraft safety. The event will be one of several of note to be held by the NBAA and Cessna in the coming weeks.
The Cessna/NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Stand-down takes place Oct. 18, including a full day of safety programs for owner/operators and pilots. Topics include professional airmanship, single-pilot resource management, icing, aviation health, and fatigue countermeasures.
"Gravity and human error don’t discriminate by manufacturer or flight crew," said Cessna manager of flight operations, safety and security Dan Grace on the NBAA web site. “Single pilots are out there by themselves, without the extra checks and defenses of a crew environment, but they can build themselves up through continuing education and safety training."
For more information on the session, click here.
Other events focusing on light-business aircraft at NBAA will include How to Use General Aviation for Business Purposes, Single Pilot Safety and Moving Up to a Turbine Aircraft, among other sessions. See the full list here.
Before the NBAA Convention, the folks at Cessna will host a series of aircraft-specific M&O sessions focused on its Citation fleet.
Unlike in prior years, Cessna will broadcast the sessions on the Internet throughout this week. Click here to see the dates, times and aircraft involved.
Be sure to visit GlobalAir.com during the NBAA Convention, where we will give away a free iPad. Stop by booth 3608 to say hello and get details on the giveaway.