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Piper Bespoke M-Class Comfort

Piper Aircraft Inc. enhanced pilot and passenger comfort for its signature series of 2012 model year M-Class single engine business aircraft - the turboprop Meridian- pressurized piston Mirage and unpressurized piston Matrix. The airplanes are available today.

The biggest design improvements provide enhanced pilot comfort and cockpit access through incorporation of newly designed seating. Getting into a new Piper M-Class cockpit has never been easier- with flat folddown aft-facing seats- a fold-down co-pilot seat and a cockpit assist handle to aid access.

Sculpted Cockpit
The cockpit has been sculpted to provide more elbow and hip room and additional seating comfort. The newly designed side panels have larger map pockets capable of handling pilot iPads- which are quickly becoming essential flight tools. When folded flat- the co-pilot seat offers a work surface and cup holders. The cockpit seat backs also are restyled for a modern appearance. The aft-facing seats have been redesigned with larger and reshaped bottom cushions- and the back cushions have been enhanced for firmer lumbar support- all for added long-range comfort.

Cockpits and cabins have been improved through incorporation of new technology and adoption of enhancements suggested by Piper's customers and our worldwide dealer network. Some customers have already purchased airplanes with these new features- and Piper is receiving positive feedback from the field.

LED Lighting
New 2012 top-of-the-line Piper M-Class airplanes fly with brighter external LED lighting- including taxi and landing lights and navigation illumination. Cabin reading lights and threshold lights have also been replaced with LEDs. These modern lighting systems are more efficient- more durable- and use less power.

In the cockpit and cabin- sophisticated Bose® A20 headsets are now standard equipment and the receptacles are hardwired for more power and better noise-cancelling capability while eliminating the need for batteries. The A20 is Bose's most advanced pilot headset and includes an auxiliary audio input and Bluetooth phone connectivity for pilots and passengers.

More Accessible Electric Outlets
The turboprop Meridian now has two 110-volt outlets for onboard recharging and for mobile devices- while the Mirage and Matrix have one additional outlet. All are configured to support numerous international plug configurations.

Utilizing the EmPower® System by Astronics Corp.- Piper has added cabin power to support passenger electronic devices for additional productivity and entertainment value.
Making the cabin environments even more appealing- Piper has revamped internal air distribution. The Matrix and Mirage cockpits have newly engineered ducting and adjustable directional air flow vents for improved heated air volume distribution. In the unpressurized Matrix- a shutoff has been added to the modulation valve for cockpit control of ambient external air. The piston Matrix and Mirage aircraft also have beefed up cabin vents for more durability. All three M-Class Pilot Operating Handbooks show aircraft performance in 1-000-foot increments. M-Class aircraft offer Piper performance and safety built upon a proven airframe that has been an industry standard for years.

About M-Class Aircraft
Three refined derivatives comprise the full line: the Meridian- the Mirage and the Matrix. Each product fits it own niche and price point- and each aircraft provides a seamless step-up to the next level. Created to maximize the private travel experience- the M-Class line balances performance- efficiency and simplicity.

The Meridian
The Piper Meridian is a single engine turboprop that seats six with club-seating. It is powered by the P&WC PT6A-42A 500 shp engine and has a 260 KTAS / 482 km/h max cruise speed and a range of 1-000 nm / 1-885 km. The standard equipped list price is 2-071-500 USD- equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite.

The Mirage
The Piper Mirage is a single engine pressurized piston that seats six with club seating. It is powered by the Lycoming TIO-540-AE2A 350hp engine and has a 213 KTAS / 394 km/h max cruise speed and a range of 1-343 nm / 2-491 km. The standard equipped list price is 997-500 USD- equipped with the Garmin 1000 avionics suite.

The Matrix
The Piper Matrix is a single engine unpressurized piston that seats six with club seating. It is powered by the Lycoming TIO-540-AE2A 350hp engine and has a 213 KTAS / 395 km/h max cruise speed and a range of 1-343 nm / 2-491 km. The standard equipped list price is 869-000 USD- equipped with the Garmin 1000 avionics suite.

Piper Deliveries- Revenue Up
During the third quarter of 2011- Piper Aircraft Inc. continued to outpace the higher aircraft deliveries and improving revenue performance that the company achieved during the same period a year ago. Quarter to quarter- deliveries of M-Class aircraft – Meridian- Mirage and Matrix business airplanes – were up- from 17 a year ago- to 21 this year.

Backlog Strong
“Operational efficiencies- and aligning new aircraft deliveries to a solid understanding of the global market- continue to contribute to the company’s performance- which exceeds industry trends for turboprop and piston aircraft-” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott- a former British Aerospace design engineer and Hawker manufacturing executive.
“Piper’s backlog is the strongest it has been in four years- with aircraft earmarked for retail customers well into 2012 across the product lines. Piper’s core business is strong. Our turboprop and piston aircraft lines are meeting or exceeding the company’s internal financial and delivery targets”

Strong Dealer Network
Caldecott attributed the much of the company’s recent sales success to Piper’s strong domestic and international dealer organizations. “Piper’s dealer organization- which spans the globe- is our underlying strength. Feedback from our dealers is essential to us in determining new aircraft product improvements going forward-” Caldecott said. “We are steadfast in listening to our dealers and dedicating the resources required to continuously improve our turboprop and piston business aircraft- along with our new training aircraft.” Caldecott said Piper is stepping up the focus on product improvements through increased investments in existing lines.
Piper Aircraft- Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach- Florida. With economical acquisition and operating costs- Piper airplanes deliver the best value available today and into the future.

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