Piper Matrix

The Matrix is a big airplane, it feels like it. But doing airwork is pleasant, and the controls are nicely harmonized, like most Pipers. Robert Goyer

One of the big selling points of the Matrix is its considerable ramp appeal. Just think if your friends could see from this vantage point. Robert Goyer
The Matrix flies just like the Mirage, that is to say, just like a big Saratoga. Here Robert hand-flies it on the approach at St. Augustine. Photo By Tom Harper, Avidyne
The Matrix uses a slightly pared down Avidyne Entegra avionics suite. It lacks a second, copilot’s side PFD, and it ties into a less expensive, rate-based autopilot, the S-Tec 55X. Photo By Tom Harper, Avidyne
This Piper-supplied shot shows the cabin of the Matrix. And while this wide-angle view makes it seem enormous, it’s in reality pretty darned big anyways. This is one feature airplanes like the Cessna 400 and Cirrus SR22 simply can’t compete with. Photo By Piper Aircraft, Inc.
With a nicely executed, built-in oxygen system, the Matrix is ready for the flight levels. Robert Goyer
Ports on the ceiling of the airplane allow the occupants to hook up their masks or cannulas to the system. Robert Goyer
The Matrix is lighter than the Mirage, and as a result it seems to sit slightly higher on its gear. Robert Goyer
Speaking of the gear, that’s one feature of the Matrix that Cirrus and Cessna can’t match either, the retractable gear. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is open to discussion. Robert Goyer
The airstair door of the Matrix is virtually identical to that of the Mirage. And it’s nice. Robert Goyer
Another cost savings on the Matrix is the glass. Because it’s unpressurized, it can use much less thick windows than the Mirage. Robert Goyer
Nice styling touches abound on the Matrix, like this custom aluminum transition piece between the cabin and the airstair doorway. Robert Goyer
The leather work in the Matrix is very nicely done, with high-end embellishments like custom stitching and wood veneer writing tables. Robert Goyer
Featuring the same TSIO-540 as the Mirage, the Matrix has 350 ponies to get it up to altitude quickly and make good speed once up there. Robert Goyer
The prop is a Hartzell composite three-blader with an 80-inch diameter. Robert Goyer
Piper says they’re building Matrixes, and they are. Here some of the first of the models undergo assembly at Piper’s Vero Beach factory. Robert Goyer
The Matrix in flight in the late afternoon over the Atlantic coast of Florida. Robert Goyer
Coming in for a landing back at Vero with a good crosswind, I got a chance to witness the airplane’s excellent crosswind capabilities. Photo By Tom Harper, Avidyne
One of the advantages of the Matrix is that it’s a proven airframe. As with any 20-year-old design, the bugs have been found and dealt with. Robert Goyer
One of the advantages of the Matrix is that it’s a proven airframe. As with any 20-year-old design, the bugs have been found and dealt with. Robert Goyer
The Matrix in flight heading south over Florida’s Atlantic Intercoastal waterway. Robert Goyer
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