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Piper Aircraft Launches M350 Pressurized, Single Engine Piston Offering

Posted on Fri, Apr 24, 2015

Piper Aircraft recently unveiled the M350, Piper M350 Aircraftamong the newest additions to its M-Class family of aircraft, at an event held at its Vero Beach, Florida location.  The latest updates bring a new level of sophistication along with increased payload and range to the well-loved piston engine, cabin class aircraft.

With the latest Garmin avionics, significant safety updates—including a hypoxia recognition feature with emergency descent mode, as well as other notable upgradesM350 delivers the most advanced cockpit of any six-place, cabin class aircraft available on the market today.

According to Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott, “The 2015 Piper M350 comes equipped with the very latest Garmin avionics package for increased safety. As part of our continued focus on product improvements, we identified an opportunity to give our customers the most advanced safety features available for this class of aircraft.”

Added Caldecott, “The addition of proven avionics technology with Electronic Stability Protection, Underspeed Protection, and automatic Level Mode were among other improvements. What’s more, a Piper M350 can now safely fly itself unassisted to lower altitudes in the rare case that the pilot is non-responsive at altitudes where oxygen is required.”

Boasting a powerful Lycoming TIO-540-AE2A 350 horsepower engine, Piper M350 achieves a 213 KTAS / 395 km/h max cruise speed and offers a range of 1,343 nm / 2,487 km, combined with the ability to cruise up to 25,000 ft in pressurized comfort.

Comfortably seating six in ample, club-style seating, the 2015 M350 offers Piper M-Class luxury at a competitive list price of $1.15 million.

Avionics Upgrades

Piper M350 Aircraft - full view

Sporting the latest Garmin G1000 all glass avionics suite, M350 boasts high-resolution, dual 10-inch primary flight displays (PFDs) along with a single high-resolution, 12-inch MFD.

Other enhancements include the newest Garmin Software upgrade in addition to fully integrated GFC 700; an advanced AHRS-

based automatic flight control system, which includes an optional, enhanced Autopilot Flight Control System (AFCS)—providing a bevy of flight safety features including all of the following:

    • Electronic Stability Protection (ESP)
    • Coupled Go-Arounds
    • Underspeed Protection (USP)
    • Emergency Descent Mode
    • Hypoxia Recognition
    • Autopilot Auto-Engage
    • Pulse Oximeter with real time reporting
    • Flight Level Mode
    • Master caution and master warning
    • Gear position and gear warning
    • Digital Pressurization

Electronic Stability Protection

Electronic Stability Protection (ESP) has been incorporated into M350 to facilitate the prevention of stall/spins, steep spirals, and loss-of-control conditions. This passive feature discourages operation of the aircraft outside the desired flight envelope. Functioning independently of the autopilot system, ESP activates only when the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft, with the autopilot disengaged.

ESP automatically engages servos to slightly correct Piper M 350 Airplane - tail viewcontrol surface positions when the aircraft exceeds one or more flight parameter(s), acting as a ‘soft barrier’ to gently nudge the Piper M350 back inside the designated performance envelope.

Underspeed Protection

Underspeed Protection (USP), a flight director function, responds to underspeed conditions in a manner that keeps the autopilot engaged—while preventing the aircraft from stalling—while the primary flight display (PFD) annunciates when active.

Because stall protections were developed as part of the Underspeed Protection system, coupled go-arounds can take place without disengaging the autopilot. By utilizing this new feature, autopilot will remain engaged—and fly the missed approach. If power is not added, the USP system will maintain aircraft speed just above stall warning, adjusting pitch attitude as necessary.

Coupled Go-Around

With coupled go-around, the workload for flying a missed approach is now markedly reduced—easing aircraft operation and a boon to aircraft safety.

Stall protections, which were de

veloped as part of the USP system, allow for the completion of coupled go-arounds without disengagement of the autopilot.

This powerful feature allows the autopilot to remain engaged and fly the missed approach. And unless power is added, the USP system is able to maintain a steady speed just above stall warning, making adjustments to airplane pitch attitude as necessary.

Hypoxia Recognition System with Automatic Descent Mode

By monitoring pilot interaction with the PFD, MFD, and Autopilot Controller at altitudes above 14,900 feet with the autopilot engaged, the Hypoxia Recognition System is able to detect pilot incapacitation potentially resulting from hypoxia.

If the system does not detect pilot interaction within a specified time frame, it will engage the Automatic Descent Mode and guide the aircraft to a lower altitude where recovery from hypoxia can take place. In other words, in the unlikely case a pilot becomes unresponsive, M350 can now fly itself safely to a lower altitude.

Pulse Oximeter

M350 also boasts a new, panel-mounted pulse oximeter, to report on pilot heart rate and blood oxygen saturation in real time. Measurements are taken and displayed on the MFD along with ongoing monitoring of carbon monoxide levels within the cabin.

Automatic Level Mode

Also featured, as standard equipment, is an autopilot Level Mode function. When triggered, Level Mode will automatically engage the flight director and autopilot functions to return the aircraft to wings level attitude with zero vertical speed.

Once Level Mode is activated, all armed and active modes are automatically cancelled - leaving all other autopilot modes available by simply pressing the associated mode control button.

Additional Improvements

Other significant improvements for the Meridian M350 include:

    • Aspen EFD-1000 standby instrument
    • Digital pressurization, fully integrated with G1000
    • Electroluminescent placards in cockpit
    • GTX 33 Extended Squitter Transponder
    • A centrally located single audio panel
    • USB charging ports—in both the cockpit and cabin
    • Optional GTS 825 Traffic Advisory System, which coupled with the GTX 33ES gives the aircraft ADS-B In and Out functionality.

M350 aircraft is also available with the optional Garmin GSR-56 Global Satellite Datalink Iridium Satellite Transceiver for added connectivity (text and phone call capabilities) with business taking place on the ground.

All of this combined with its contemporary interior, plush leather seating and expansive legroom make the M350 an outstanding choice to accommodate the needs of both business and leisure travelers alike.

Learn more about the Piper Meridian M350 here.

Shoreline Aviation is proud to be a sales and service affiliate of the Piper Aircraft Distributor for New England, New York and New Jersey.

Shoreline is also an authorized Piper Aircraft Center.  Learn more here. 

If you would like to learn about Piper M350 aircraft acquisition, please contact Ann Pollard to discuss your needs at 781-834-4928.

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