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The New Piper Aircraft, Inc., is a manufacturer of general aviation aircraft, located in Vero Beach[?], Florida.

Founded as the Taylor Aircraft Company during the 1920's by the Taylor brothers, it became the The Piper Aircraft Corporation in 1937, after the Taylor brothers had gone on to other things.

Piper Super Cub.
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Piper produced the Piper model J-3 Cub, a two seater, 65 horsepower high-wing, single-engine aircraft which was commonly known as the Piper Cub[?]. The Cub was the first inexpensive training aircraft produced in large numbers. Many former military examples were sold to civilian owners over the 1950-1995 period and seem certain to see many more years in recreational use. The slightly more powerful Super Cub is popular for use as a glider tug. Many North Americans still think of all light aircraft as "Piper Cubs."

The PA-28 Cherokee has been one of the company's most successful products with new variants being manufactured almost every other year. Both this design and the twin-engined PA-34 Seneca[?] are widely used for pilot training around the world. The PA-23 Apache[?] was one of the first aircraft associated with the term "air taxi" although it has largely been superseded in that role by faster and more spacious designs from the competitive Beechcraft Corporation.

Beginning production in 1965, the Piper PA-32 Series raised the bar for versatility in 6 or 7 seat single-engine airplanes. Variously named the "Cherokee", "Lance", and "Saratoga", with both fixed and retractable gear models, and with normally aspirated, injected, and turbo-charged engines, the PA-32's are very capable and successful airplanes. They have been widely deployed in a variety of missions (small air-taxies, heavy load-haulers, personal business, etc.) all over the United States, from Alaska to the East Coast. The Saratoga-II HPs[?] and Saratoga TCs[?] are still manufactured and sold today.

Piper Aztec.
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With the streamlined and powerful single-engined PA-46 Malibu[?], the Piper company maintains a presence in the lighter-end of the corporate aircraft market.

See their website at: http://www.newpiper.com/

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