Piper poll
New Piper has completed the second and final stage of its extensive market study, designed to evaluate the company’s product strategy for the future. The Vero Beach, Florida-based company, which is owned by American Capital Strategies, says it has interviewed over 1,000 existing and potential customers to determine where niches for new aircraft exist both within its product line and in the general aviation market. The study also examines where improvements are needed to the New Piper line-up. Details of the strategy, including a decision on whether to launch a personal jet, could be made public later this year, New Piper says.

Twins delivered
Canada’s Highland Helicopters has acquired two new Eurocopter AS350B2 medium twin helicopters. The first was delivered last month and the second is scheduled for delivery this month. The aircraft will be used for firefighting and exploration work. US company JK Moving and Storage has acquired an EC120 light helicopter, which will be used for corporate transport, and the Los Angeles police department has taken delivery this month of two AS350 B2s.

Brazil deal
Enstrom Helicopter has appointed São Paulo-based Bringer as its Brazilian dealer, Bringer is owned by parts distributor Overcom Aero Products and is in partnership with São Paulo-based helicopter service centre Helipark.

Medical opinion
Australian pilots are being given another month to comment on proposals to overhaul the way private and student pilot medical certificates are processed. The extension follows a strong response to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s request for industry comment on proposals to eliminate unnecessary administrative costs.  More than 400 responses had been received by late June.

Source: Flight International