The Piper Meridian began life as a high performance, turboprop-powered version of the Piper Malibu Mirage. It is a powerful but comfortable aircraft for short range flights and typically seats 4-6 passengers.
Inside the cabin, the low noise and vibration levels of the Meridian’s turboprop engine make for an enjoyable ride. The aircraft provides a pressurized, air-conditioned cabin environment with comfortable seating similar to that found in more expensive planes. All of the seats and side panels are leather, and the carpets are thick-woven and wear-resistant. Each seat includes a cup holder, personal light, and air vent. Passengers can also make use of a built-in work table which folds away into the side panel.
Updates to the Meridian over the Mirage include the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A turboprop 500 shp (370 kW) engine and modifications to the airframe to handle the extra weight and speed. Such changes include larger wings and tail surfaces, a stainless steel firewall, stronger landing gear, and increased fuel capacity. These features allow the Meridian a 1250 statue mile range and a 325mph cruise speed.
The Piper Meridian also contains some of the most advanced Avidyne avionics available today.