The PiperJet is powered by a single Williams FJ44-3AP engine rated at 3,000 pounds of thrust. In the PiperJet application, the engine is de-rated to approximately 2,400 pounds of thrust. The FADEC control on the Williams engine greatly reduces pilot workload, allowing greater focus on controlling and navigating the PiperJet. The lack of cabin noise inside the PiperJet -is one of the many positive attributes resulting from designing the engine installation well aft in the vertical tail, behind the pressure bulkhead. The resulting lack of cabin noise is even better than expected. Even without sound insulation or an interior, the cabin was exceptionally quiet. It will be even quieter in the completed airplane.
The six passenger PiperJet - with an option for either a seventh seat or enclosable lavatory - offers a mission-capable profile and sensuous luxury that sets the standard in its class, with a range of 1,300 nautical miles* and a full-fuel payload of 800 lbs. Built using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing processes, the PiperJet will feature the latest in integrated glass avionics, a luxurious interior and advanced manufacturing techniques pioneered by Piper. Priced from $2.199M (in 2006 USD with a CPI-W escalator), the PiperJet will provide value while delivering Piper's standards.
The PiperJet will be certified in the Normal Category under FAA Part 23 and applicable foreign certification standards. It is designed to be flown by a single pilot and will be RVSM Certified. Moreover, its innovative design includes ample baggage space and class-setting useful load. The PiperJet will be certified to a maximum operating altitude of 35,000 feet, well above the weather while combining performance with the latest safety technologies and features.
On July 30, 2008 Piper Aircraft announced that the PiperJet - the first pure, jet-powered, turbofan design in the company's 71-year history - made its first flight at 11:11 AM from Piper Headquarters in Vero Beach, Fla. "Today marks the beginning of a new era for Piper Aircraft as the company literally takes flight into a whole new realm of performance, luxury and capability," said Piper President & CEO James K. Bass. "With this major milestone in the PiperJet's development, we are witnessing our future - one that is built on a strong and lasting heritage and reputation for innovation and excellence." The PiperJet flew for one hour, reaching a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet and a speed of 160 KTAS as per the flight test plan. Piper Test Pilots Dave Schwartz and Buddy Sessoms were at the controls. With completion of first flight, the PiperJet began a 50 hour initial flight test program to expand the envelope and further investigate the aerodynamic configuration and basic flight performance.
With deliveries anticipated to begin in 2011, the PiperJet will provide the final word in comfort and luxury. Focusing on the latest in ergonomic automobile design, the PiperJet will provide passengers with an interior that synthesizes a sophisticated color palette with a spacious, energetic design. A wealth of features, from rich leather seats, deep zebra wood details and rich fabrics and trim to perfectly placed storage, cup holders and docking stations for personal electronics, the PiperJet is equally attentive to pilot and passenger comfort and needs, reduced workload and ease of operation.
Piper has selected Garmin International, Inc. to provide the state-of-the art avionics suite for the PiperJet, with navigation, situational awareness and system information delivered through state-of-the art technologies. From Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) to FADEC, the PiperJet's focus is on optimal operational excellence, user-friendliness, and safety.
The PiperJet also incorporates major innovations that speak directly to performance and value for money. They include a high-speed, natural laminar flow (NLF) wing that enhances fuel economy and performance and advanced metal bonding for improved strength and manufacturing integrity.
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