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Oshkosh, Wisc., July 19, 2011 – Piper Aircraft Inc. will exhibit its product line and a mockup of its new PiperJet Altaire at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, July 25-31. In addition, new Piper Archer owner and first Ready Set Fly pilot training participant Jon Roberts plans to attend the world’s largest gathering of general aviation enthusiasts to discuss his decision to learn to fly in his new Archer.

Piper Executive Vice President Randy Groom said, “The lineup of aircraft on static display this year includes Piper’s M-Class series – the turboprop Meridian and piston-powered Mirage and Matrix – and a special multi-engine Seminole LX and the single-engine Archer LX.”

He added, “The Seminole LX on display for the first time is an enhanced business version of the Seminole trainer aircraft to include an all-leather sporty interior, AmSafe airbag seatbelts, and landing gear lobe fairings that offer a potential speed increase of 3-5 knots.”

In addition, planning to attend the show sometime during the event is Jon Roberts of East Greenwich , R.I. , the first individual to enter Piper’s Ready Set Fly pilot training program – which came at no extra charge with his purchase of a 180-horsepower Piper Archer LX. He is undertaking his flight training with Shoreline Aviation Inc., Columbia Aircraft Sale’s Piper affiliate at Marshfield Airport (GHG) George Harlow Field in Marshfield, Mass. Roberts, an executive in the pharmacy industry, plans to step up to a 350-horsepower Matrix within the next 18 months once his private and instrument training are complete.

“The custom Ready Set Fly program covers individualized pilot training for new Archer owners and enables them, in as little as three weeks, to go from zero time to completion of their private pilot training safely, professionally and efficiently in their own aircraft,” Groom said. This new and innovative training program emphasizes Piper’s commitment to help build the aviation industry by providing a safe, professional entry-level pilot learning environment.

Piper Aircraft Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach , Fla. A global force in aviation, Piper offers efficient single-engine and twin-engine trainer, personal and business aircraft. Piper Aircraft designs, manufactures, sells and supports the strongest and broadest single-engine product line in the industry, from high-performance pistons to turboprops to the world’s most fuel-efficient seven-person business jet, the PiperJet Altaire. 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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