Piper Delivers 500th Meridian

Milestone signals turboprop’s continuing appeal.

Piper Meridian
Piper Meridian
Piper Meridian

As Piper Aircraft commemorates its 75th anniversary this year, the company on Thursday had another event to celebrate: the 500th delivery of its popular turboprop Piper Meridian to its new Florida-based owner.

The Meridian has been a strong seller since Piper announced the pressurized single-engine model in 1997 as a follow-on to the piston-powered PA-46 Malibu Mirage. Certification and initial deliveries started in late 2000 and continue today with a long list of improvements, including Garmin G1000 avionics, which were added in 2009. Base price for a new Meridian is $2.13 million.

Last year, orders for the pressurized single jumped from 25 in 2010 to 32 in 2011, helping the company reach higher overall revenue levels.

Powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6 engine, the Piper Meridian cruises at 260 knots and tops out at a range of 1,000 nm.