Piper Aircraft announced that it has selected Hebei Yuanao Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd., of Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China, as Pipers authorized dealer in China for sales of the Mirage, Archer TX and Seminole. Established in 2012, Hebei Yuanao Aircraft was the first private general aviation manufacturing company in Hebei Province. Its factory is located in the Aviation City of Pingquan County, Chengde City, Hebei Province. Piper CEO and President Simon Caldecott said in conjunction with the announcement, As China opens up its airspace there will be many opportunities there for the sale of high-end, high-performance pistons. With its extensive aviation background, Hebei Yuanao Aircraft is well situated to take advantage of the anticipated growth in China of this segment as well as the burgeoning demand in China for Piper pilot training aircraft.”
Describing the Archer TX and the Seminole as training aircraft, Pipers announcement emphasized Hebei Yuanao Aircrafts cooperation with companies and universities in China such as AVIC Shijiazhuang Aircraft Industry Corporation Ltd. (for production and technical support), the Civil Aviation Flight University of China (for training) and Xian Aeronautical Polytechnic Institute (from which it is hiring graduates), and abroad with Piper Aircraft to set up an integrated and professional support service system which includes aircraft reassembly, sales, maintenance and flight training.