The Malibu M-Class Owners and Pilots Association (MMOPA) has rebranded as the Piper M-Class Owners and Pilots Association (PMOPA) at its recent annual convention in Colorado Springs. Founded in 1998, the association is a not-for-profit dedicated to the interests and safety of owners and pilots worldwide who fly PA-46 derivative (Malibu, Mirage, Meridian, M-Class, JetPROP and Matrix) aircraft, serving over 1,300 members.
“We have taken great leaps in the last year in growing and expanding the influence of the association, and including the manufacturer in our name was the logical next step,” says John Granmayeh, PMOPA president of the board of directors. “Piper Aircraft is the remarkable company responsible for creating the airplanes our members love flying."
Mike Nichols, CAM, CAE and chief executive officer of PMOPA adds: “Our members are passionate about the aircraft they fly and are loyal to the Piper brand, which has a rich and storied history and represents safety, efficiency and excellence. These qualities align with our association's values of safety, advocacy and community.”
Ron Gunnarson, Piper Aircraft vice president, sales, marketing and customer service says: “Every Piper PA-46, from the first Malibu in 1983 to the latest M600 SLS that rolled out of our paint shop this week, is part of the M-Class family of aircraft. We are excited about PMOPA's rebranding and the strength of our relationship with PMOPA and its members.”
PMOPA will host its 2024 Convention & Fly-In at the JW Marriott on 1-3 November, 2024 in Austin, Texas.