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Larger PiperJet Gets New Name

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October 21, 2010 — Piper Aircraft’s first entry into the very light jet category has a new, larger round fuselage design as well as a new name - Altaire. Changes to the aircraft were unveiled at NBAA2010 in Atlanta this week. The single-engine aircraft’s larger, redesigned round fuselage is mounted on top of an expanded-chord wing, with a shorter vertical empennage located slightly aft atop an elongated engine nacelle.

“While the earlier PiperJet design, with its Piper M-class cabin cross-section, provided a comfortable environment, we wanted to give our jet customers an even roomier light jet that incorporates a scalable design paving the way for a future family of competitive business jets,” Piper CEO Geoffrey Berger said.

The interior cabin will feature a sunken main aisle, plus cleaner and sleeker styling, which Piper says is accomplished by making the aircraft 9 inches taller and 4 inches wider.

PiperJet Altaire maximum range is targeted at 1,300 nautical miles with a maximum cruise speed planned at 360 knots. The airplane is planned to fly 1,200 nautical miles with a full fuel payload of 800 pounds. The six-seat aircraft has a lavatory, but that can be swapped out for a seventh seat. Altaire and will be equipped with Garmin 3000 touch-screen avionics.

The proof-of-concept PiperJet has 375 flight hours and Piper says the project is now in the detail design and conforming phase. The first of four test aircraft is set to fly in 2012, with certification slated for 2014. To learn more, click here.

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