Improves M-Class Aircraft For 2012
By Jim Douglas
October 13, 2011 - Piper Aircraft has enhanced both
pilot and passenger comfort for its signature series of
2012 model year M-Class single engine business aircraft
the turboprop Meridian, pressurized piston Mirage and
unpressurized piston Matrix. 2012 Piper M-Class aircraft
are available today.
The biggest design changes have enhanced pilot comfort
and cockpit access through incorporation of newly
designed seating. Getting into a new Piper M-Class
cockpit has never been easier, with flat fold-down
aft-facing seats, a fold-down co-pilot seat and a
cockpit assist handle to aid access.
The cockpit has been sculpted to provide more elbow and hip room and additional seating comfort. The newly designed side panels have larger map pockets capable of handling pilot iPads, which are quickly becoming essential flight tools.
folded flat, the co-pilot seat offers a work surface and cup
holders. The cockpit seat backs also are restyled for a modern
appearance. The aft-facing seats have been redesigned with
larger and reshaped bottom cushions, and the back cushions have
been enhanced for firmer lumbar support, all for added
of Piper's M-Class airplanes are eligible for bonus depreciation
when firm orders and deposits are placed before Dec. 31, 2011,"
said Piper Executive Vice President Randy Groom. "Cockpits and
cabins have been improved through incorporation of new
technology and adoption of enhancements suggested by Piper's
customers and our worldwide dealer network.
top-of-the-line Piper M-Class airplanes fly with brighter
external LED lighting, including taxi and landing lights and
navigation illumination. Cabin reading lights and threshold
lights have also been replaced with LEDs. These modern lighting
systems are more efficient, more durable, and use less power.
In the cockpit and cabin, sophisticated Bose A20 headsets are now standard equipment and the receptacles are hardwired for more power and better noise-cancelling capability while eliminating the need for batteries. The A20 is Bose's most advanced pilot headset and includes an auxiliary audio input and Bluetooth phone connectivity for pilots and passengers.
Meridian now has two 110-volt outlets for onboard recharging and for
mobile devices, while the Mirage and Matrix have one additional outlet.
All are configured to support numerous international plug
configurations. Utilizing the EmPower? System by Astronics Corp., Piper
has added cabin power to support passenger electronic devices for
additional productivity and entertainment value.
Making the cabin
environments even more appealing, Piper has revamped internal air
distribution. The Matrix and Mirage cockpits have newly engineered
ducting and adjustable directional air flow vents for improved heated
air volume distribution. In the unpressurized Matrix, a shutoff has been
added to the modulation valve for cockpit control of ambient external
air. The piston Matrix and Mirage aircraft also have beefed up cabin
vents for more durability.
All three M-Class
Pilot Operating Handbooks show aircraft performance in 1,000-foot
increments. M-Class aircraft offer Piper performance and safety built
upon a proven airframe that has been an industry standard for years.
Three refined derivatives comprise the full line: the Meridian, the
Mirage and the Matrix. Each product fits it own niche and price point,
and each aircraft provides a seamless step-up to the next level. Created
to maximize the private travel experience, the M-Class line balances
performance, efficiency and simplicity.
The Piper Meridian
is a single engine turboprop that seats six with club-seating. It is
powered by the P&WC PT6A-42A 500 shp engine and has a 260 KTAS / 482
km/h max cruise speed and a range of 1,000 nm / 1,885 km. The standard
equipped list price is $2,071,500, equipped with the Garmin G1000
The Piper Mirage
is a single engine pressurized piston that seats six with club seating.
It is powered by the Lycoming TIO-540-AE2A 350hp engine and has a 213
KTAS / 394 km/h max cruise speed and a range of 1,343 nm / 2,491 km. The
standard equipped list price is $997,500, equipped with the Garmin 1000
The Piper Matrix is a single engine unpressurized piston that seats six with club seating. It is powered by the Lycoming TIO-540-AE2A 350hp engine and has a 213 KTAS / 395 km/h max cruise speed and a range of 1,343 nm / 2,491 km. The standard equipped list price is $869,000, equipped with the Garmin 1000 avionics suite.
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