Piper Aircraft Enters the LSA Market With the PiperSport

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Piper Aircraft, Inc. recently announced details and unveiled its all-new PiperSport, underscoring its foray into the Light Sport Aviation segment. Piper President & CEO Kevin J. Gould made the announcement during a news conference at the Sebring U.S Sport Aviation Expo 2010.

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“With the PiperSport,” Gould said, “Piper is entering what is undeniably one of the most exciting market segments in general aviation. This burgeoning segment is becoming vital to our industry and playing an ever-increasing role in developing general aviation’s next generation of pilots. The PiperSport is an amazing entry-level aircraft that will bring new customers into Piper and lead the way for those customers to step up into more sophisticated and higher performance aircraft within our line over time. Moreover, as the only aircraft manufacturer to have models in every market segment, Piper continues to expand its business model to ensure that we are in tune with the times and that we meet the needs of our customers at every level.”

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Embraer Delivers 244 Jets in 2009 - Surpasses 2009 Goal

Embraer reports it delivered 91 jets to the airline, executive and defense markets during the fourth quarter of 2009, totaling 244 airplanes for the year.

According to Embraer, the company delivered 23 E-Jets and three ERJ 145 jets to the airline market; six Legacy 600 super midsize jets, 52 Phenom 100 entry level jets, two Lineage 1000 ultra-large jets, and the first Phenom 300 light jet to the executive jets market; and one ERJ 135 jet, two Phenom 100 jets, and one EMBRAER 190 jet to the defense market.

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The SubSonex Jet Brings Do-It-Yourself Jet Travel to Your Garage

The year 2010 is here, and we still don't have flying cars or jetpacks as pulp science fiction novels predicted. While the personal jet pack is not consumer ready, the personal jet might be.

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According to Wired.com Autopia blog, The SubSonex is designed to be a modestly priced (as in $60,000 modest) private jet that fits in your garage.

Don't expect luxury jet comfort for that price, you have to put it together yourself and it only flies one person. The story reports that SubSonex has only done ground tests, but is expected to hit a cruising speed at over 240 mph and climb to 2,000 feet.

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Piper Aircraft Selects Aviall Services To Distribute Parts

Piper Aircraft today announced the selection of Aviall Services, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, to be its global parts distributor, providing supply chain support for the company’s global dealer network and individual customers.

“One of Piper’s primary goals is to enhance every facet of our customer service experience,” said Piper President & CEO Kevin J. Gould. “Aviall’s extensive experience and excellent reputation in parts management and distribution will give our customers world-class service that is fundamental to the total Piper experience.” Aviall Services any is a leading solutions provider of aftermarket supply chain management services for the aerospace, defense and marine industries.

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