Piper Aircraft Inc. has just announced the roll-out of its landmark 500th pressurized single-engine turboprop M-Class Meridian to a Florida-based owner.
Designed to meet the most stringent requirements of both scheduled business travelers and personal flyers alike, the Piper Meridian combines the Garmin G1000 Avionics Suite — the most advanced Garmin avionics available today — with the reliability of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s proven PT6A-42A turboprop engine, culminating in an airplane that rises to the challenges of the most demanding missions.
The Meridian provides powerful turboprop power, a generous 1,000 nautical mile range and fast 260 ktas cruise speed. Pressurization lets the Meridian comfortably navigate above inclement weather, turbulence, or traffic -- and along with its Flight Into Known Icing capability, this is a plane that is ready for whatever the skies deliver.
In addition to the comfort of its pressurized, air-conditioned cabin environment, passengers also enjoy the quieter atmosphere and low vibration levels afforded by Meridian's turboprop engine. Meridian also delights passengers with the enviable ramp appeal of its aft airstair door entrance. And with seating comparable to that found in aircraft costing twice as much, Meridian offers luxury at a price that more can afford.
Said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott, “The milestone delivery of the 500th Piper Meridian, since first delivery in the year 2000, emphasizes its enduring value proposition even during recent periods of economic uncertainty around the world,”
Caldecott also noted, “Single-engine Piper turboprops are growing in popularity as replacements for less economical twin-engine jets and turboprops,”
Shoreline Aviation President, Keith Douglass commented, “The Meridian has been gaining popularity for its value – not just because it’s a really nice aircraft. In fact at normal cruise speed, fuel burn is as low as 37 gph”
Added Douglass, “With an aircraft like Meridian, you get everything you want: performance — great take-off and powerful, steady climb..., mission flexibility, state-of-the-art avionics. And you get luxury. But the key is you get it all for a great price and low operating cost. It’s an equation that just makes sense."
Piper Aircraft offers efficient single-engine and twin-engine trainer, personal and business aircraft and is known for its economical acquisition and operating costs. Learn more about Piper Aircraft here.