Piper Aircraft has achieved new levels of pilot and passenger comfort with its now-available 2012 M-Class single-engine business aircraft—the turboprop Meridian, pressurized piston Mirage, and unpressurized piston Matrix.
The new features of the M-Class Piper aircraft were developed based on feedback from Piper’s customers and dealers, and the enhancements result in superior long-range comfort and functionality for pilots and passengers. Customers who have already purchased the 2012 models are providing highly positive feedback, according to Piper Executive Vice President Randy Groom.
Cockpit updates show the most impressive updates, with changes focused on both increasing pilot comfort and cockpit access. Newly designed seating includes flat, fold-down aft-facing seats, a fold-down co-pilot seat, and a cockpit assist handle that make climbing into an M-class cockpit easier than ever.
The cockpit has also been redesigned to create more elbow and hip room. And updated side panels have larger map pockets capable of storing iPads -- which pilots are increasingly embracing as essential flight tools.
When folded flat, the new co-pilot seat offers a work surface and cup holders. The cockpit seat backs have been restyled with a more modern look. And Piper has redesigned the aft-facing seats with larger and reshaped bottom cushions, as well as back cushions with firmer lumbar support.
New 2012 M-Class Piper aircraft feature brighter external LED lighting, including taxi and landing lights as well as navigation illumination. Piper also replaced cabin reading lights and threshold lights with LEDs. Not only are these new lighting systems more efficient and durable, they use less power.
Bose A20 headsets, the most advanced pilot headset from Bose, are now standard in the cockpit and cabin of 2012 M-Class Piper aircraft. In addition, the receptacles are now hardwired, resulting in increased power, improved noise canceling, and the elimination of the need for batteries. The A20 headset also includes an auxiliary audio input and Bluetooth capability for pilots and passengers.
IMPROVED ELECTRICAL SERVICE
The turboprop Meridian now includes two 110-volt outlets for onboard recharging and mobile devices, while the Mirage and Matrix each have one additional outlet. Piper has configured all outlets to support numerous international plug configurations. Using the EmPower® System by Astronics Corp., Piper also has added cabin power to support passenger electronic devices so passengers can work and be entertained during flight.
BETTER AIR DISTRIBUTION
To make cabins even more comfortable, Piper has revamped the air distribution system. The Matrix and Mirage cockpits have newly engineered ducting and adjustable directional air flow vents for improved heated air distribution. In the unpressurized Matrix, a shutoff has been added to the modulation valve for cockpit control of ambient external air. The new Matrix and Mirage aircraft also feature more-durable cabin vents.
BONUS DEPRECIATION AVAILABLE
Customers who place firm orders and deposits for M-class airplanes prior to Dec. 31, 2011 are eligible for bonus depreciation.
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