Aero-TV: Staying On Course -- Piper's 2009 Strategies

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CEO Jim Bass Is Keeping Piper On Track While a number of new and revolutionary companies get a fair share ...
CEO Jim Bass Is Keeping Piper On Track While a number of new and revolutionary companies get a fair share of the media spotlight, industry veteran Piper Aircraft, one of the oldest GA manufacturers in the world, keeps on an evolutionary path that has kept them alive... and making progress while a number of their competitors have disappeared. The architect of this strategy is Piper CEO, Jim Bass, who has take a solidly evolutionary approach to growing Piper Aircraft to the point where it now prepares to field its first jet aircraft... and after introducing one of the few recent sales leaders in recent memory, their piston powered 6-pace hot-rod, the Piper Matrix. In news ANN broke earlier this week, Piper Aircraft announced that it has certified and will offer as optional equipment the all-glass, fully-integrated Garmin G1000 avionics suite for the Piper Meridian, the company's flagship, six-seat cabin-class turboprop. Initial deliveries of Piper Meridian aircraft with G1000 avionics will begin this week. "We are dedicated to providing our customers with the very best technology our industry has to offer," said Piper President & CEO James K. Bass. "Now, with the G1000 available for the Meridian, we are giving this amazing aircraft an avionics suite that enables it to meet its full potential." The Meridian currently features Avidyne's advanced glass avionics suite, the FlightMax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck, as standard equipment, as do the Malibu Mirage, Matrix, Seneca V, the Saratoga II TC and Piper 6X. Piper Aircraft, Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla. Piper reports that its "rich legacy is born of 72 years of unparalleled history, with almost 150,000 aircraft brought to market and more than 160 models certified." Approximately 90,000 of those aircraft are still flying and being serviced and supported on every continent by Piper's 65 service centers, 40 dealers and 2,500 field personnel. Piper is the only general aviation manufacturer to build and offer aircraft for every general aviation mission, from trainers and high-performance aircraft for personal and business use, to turbine powered business aircraft and now the PiperJet. Aero-TV Interviews Piper's Evolutionary CEO, Jim Bass FMI: www.piper****,****,****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.