Industry legend Piper Aircraft to walking tours next year


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This month, let me introduce you to an educational walking tour of the Piper Aircraft manufacturing facilities at nearby Vero Beach Municipal Airport in Vero Beach. 

Here, you will enjoy a wonderful learning experience that the whole family can enjoy, including inquisitive youngsters of all ages and out-of-town guests.

This guided tour will take you through manufacturing and assembly from scratch to the finished airplane. Piper Aircraft has more than 12 manufacturing buildings adjacent to the Vero Beach Airport. Piper employs more than 1,000 highly skilled workers on three shifts at this location. Piper has produced and sold more than 164,000 aircraft during the past 80 years. 

Piper Aircraft is truly an industry legend. Piper manufactures small prop and turbo­prop airplanes used by individuals and small business all over the world. Recently, it had an order from China for 152 aircraft. This year, L3 Commercial Aviation, which merged this year with Harris Corporation, will take delivery of up to 240 new aircraft through the next 10 years. L3Harris is the new merged name. 

Wear comfortable shoes, long pants or slacks on the tour. Your walking tour will take more than one hour escorted by knowledgeable Piper tour guides. 

For a guided tour of Piper’s manufacturing facility and experience where William T. Piper’s dream became a reality and how his vision lives on today, call 772-567-4361. Tours are by reservation only. Piper Aircraft is located at 2926 Piper Drive in  Vero Beach. For information, go to tours@piper.com.

Getting to the Piper facilities is easy. Take U.S.1 south and, upon entering North Vero Beach, make a right turn at Aviation Boulevard. Proceed west on Aviation Boulevard for about 1 mile. The plant will be on your right. Follow signs to the Piper Visitors Center. Before or after your tour, visit Piper’s new gift shop at the Visitors Center.

Have lunch with wonderful airport runway views at C. J. Cannons Restaurant at the Airport at 3414 Cherokee Drive in Vero Beach. For information, call 772-567–7727 or go to cjcannonsrestaurant.com.

Once again, I want to remind readers that all of our day and overnight trips from Brevard County stress that they be educational, inexpensive and family friendly. We now have an outstanding collection of more than 150 marvelous trips from Brevard County that you can take your family, friends and guests from the north. Take advantage of all the many educational destinations that are located just an hour or two from home.