VERO BEACH, Fla. - Jan. 30, 2015 - The Discovery Channel's "How It's Made" documentary television series has completed filming at Piper Aircraft, culminating after two detail-intensive days in the factory and supporting departments.
"When our Chamber of Commerce reached out to Piper as a potential feature for the documentary 'How It's Made', we were exceedingly enthusiastic to participate," reported Simon Caldecott, CEO and President of Piper Aircraft. "As a pillar of the community for more than fifty years, Piper is proud to represent not only Vero Beach, but also the aviation industry at large, showcasing the manufacturing of a contemporary product rich in history with exceptional quality and enduring value."
The camera crew arrived on property at Piper early Wednesday morning to begin working on the widely popular documentary series "How It's Made". Broadcast in 180 countries, the show offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the fabrication of various products, from everyday objects to industrial items and manufacturing marvels. Piper's flagship aircraft, the Meridian, will be the featured high performance plane for the segment. The Meridian is the company's celebrated turboprop of the M-Class series, which also includes the Matrix, Mirage, and just-released top-of-the-line Meridian M500.
The advent of "How It's Made" is uniquely fitting and timely, as Piper announced its latest product, the single-engine turbine Meridian M500, the same day. In addition to employees' ebullient reaction to media presence, the unveiling of the M500 contributed to additional energy and excitement throughout manufacturing. The show will depict how the original Piper Meridian is handcrafted from sheet metal start to airworthy finish. It is due to debut in early June as one of the leading segments on the internationally recognized show.
About Piper M-Class Aircraft
M-Class aircraft offer Piper performance and safety built upon a proven airframe that has been an industry standard for years. Three refined derivatives comprise the full line: the Meridian M500, the Mirage and the Matrix. Each product fits its own niche and price point, and each aircraft provides a seamless step-up to the next level. Created to maximize the business and the private travel experience, the M-Class line balances performance, efficiency and simplicity.
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series - the M500, Mirage and Matrix - offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.