New Piper Certifies Piper 6XT

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The Piper 6XT has received its Type Certificate from the FAA, New Piper CEO Chuck Suma announced in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday. The Piper 6XT is a turbocharged fixed-gear version of the six-place Saratoga II aircraft. The Piper 6X, which was certified in July of this year, is its normally aspirated equivalent. The announcement was made at Piper's Worldwide Dealer Meeting. "These two new aircraft ... are another example of how New Piper -- even in the face of a very tough economy -- continues to pursue new technology, innovation and new product advancements," Suma told the dealers. The standard equipped list price of the Piper 6X is $338,400 and the Piper 6XT is $358,400. Both the Piper 6X and the Piper 6XT are powered by 300-hp Lycoming engines giving the aircraft top speeds of 153 knots and 165 knots respectively. The New Piper Aircraft is headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla.