At its Vero Beach factory headquarters Saturday, Piper celebrated its 75th anniversary as an airplane company, hosting many of the very same vintage aircraft that Piper built to establish its legacy. More than 200 people attended the event and were given factory tours, presentations of the company's history and a look at some of Piper's latest products, including the popular M-class aircraft that have proven popular as luxury travelers and business aircraft. During the event, Piper CEO Simon Caldecott announced that Florida Institute of Technology, a long-time Piper customer, will soon take delivery on eight Archer TX training aircraft, with options for additional Archers and Seminole training aircraft.
The new TX's will be among the first Archers to be equipped with Garmin's G1000 avionics suite. Piper also announced that in addition to the Archer, the Seminole will also have the G1000. The all-day event at Vero Beach on Saturday drew more than 80 aircraft, including nearly 40 J-3 Cubs and other vintage aircraft of note. AVweb was there, and we've posted this video of the event.