Piper makes way for PiperJet

October 14, 2010

Like a family preparing for a new baby, Piper Aircraft has hired a contractor to modify factory space for completion of the PiperJet, now in the detail design phase of its development.

Local subcontractors will be used for the multimillion-dollar project that will require 30 workers.

Summit Construction will provide architectural design and construction management services to upgrade an existing 75,000-square-foot building on Piper’s manufacturing campus. The project consists primarily of interior renovations to the building, including air conditioning the entire building.

Piper will assemble its new PiperJet, a single-engine entry in the very light jet market that seats up to seven in an expanded cabin. Flight tests flown by the PiperJet proof-of-concept vehicle verified the company’s expectations and helped the company develop further enhancements.

Al Marsh

Alton K. Marsh | AOPA Pilot Senior Editor, AOPA

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.