The Piper PA-47 PiperJet is a single-engined very light jet (VLJ) to be developed and built by Piper Aircraft.
Design and Development
The PiperJet was announced in October 2006, as a competitor to the twin-engined Eclipse 500 and Cessna Citation Mustang. The aircraft will be capable of carrying up to 7 passengers and cruise at 360 knots (666.7 km/h), at a maximum altitude of 35,000 feet (10,668.0 m). Maximum range is expected to be 1,300 nautical miles (2,407.6 km), with a full-fuel payload of 800 pounds. Piper has selected Williams International to supply their FJ44-3AP turbofan engine for the PiperJet.
A selling price of USD $2.199M (in 2006 USD) is quoted. An Entry-into-Service date of early 2010 is anticipated. As of February 19, 2007, Piper announced that they have received 180 pre-orders for its PiperJet.
Due to the engine's being mounted above the center of gravity, power will be highly stabilizing (addition of power will push the nose down), which could be disconcerting to pilots. Piper designers have addressed this possibility by incorporating an automatic pitch trim system which coordinates horizontal stabilizer angle of incidence with power setting. The system is called Piper Automatic Trim System (PATS), and it incorporates multiple channels.
- Length: 33’9"
- Height: 16’6"
- Wing span: 44’7"
- Cabin seating: 6 or 7
- Maximum cruise speed: 360 ktas (+5%/-2.5%)
- Full-fuel payload (on standard equipped aircraft): 800 lbs (+/-5%)
- Maximum range: 1,300 nm (+/-5%)