I think all their eggs are in the jet basket, and I don’t see that being all that good of a thing. I think it’s one up on looks/size of the Eclipse and Diamond, but still no competition for the Mustang. Piper’s product support is ridiculous. I work for a school that has 8 2002 seminoles, and the support from Piper is horrible.
I couldn’t agree more with you. I used to run a charter operation that had a Meridian on its ticket – we were the only Meridian at the time (I think there is now one back east). We could have been Piper’s best ambassador for the Meridian. Instead, their level of support and customer service (Piper views their dealers as their customers, not the end user) was what I would expect from a cash starved start-up company. When Bass came in, I truly thought that things would change; however, in reality, nothing much has changed.
It is really sad too – Piper is a legacy company; Piper is right up there with Cessna and Beechcraft steeped in a great amount of aviation history. I fear that what testaj stated is correct – they are putting their eggs in the PiperJet basket. Moreover, I don’t know too many people who have the money to buy the PiperJet AND put up with their horrible level of support and customer service. There are both systemic and organizational problems at that company, and they could very well spell the end of the company – I hope not though.
Long Live the Starship!