Piper Meridian M500

Get a closer look at the sleek lines of the Piper Meridian M500 and its cockpit upgrades.

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Piper's latest iteration of its Meridian turboprop single is now called the M500. (Photo by Robert Goyer) Read more about the Piper Meridian M500 in our "We Fly" feature here.
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**The cabin of the M500 is comfortable enough, and the good-size windows provide ample ambient light, a nice feature in a small pressurized plane. **
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The autoflight control panel has been relocated to above the MFD, a big improvement. (Photo by Robert Goyer)
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The large central MFD shows us setting up for entry into the hold for the missed approach done fully coupled. (Photo by Robert Goyer)
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The FMS panel, situated on the central console, allows easy input into the G1000 system including the FMS, comm and nav radios, and transponder. (Photo by Robert Goyer)
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With ramp appeal galore, the M500 is shown here taking the runway at KVRB in the early-morning hours. (Photo by Robert Goyer)
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**A noteworthy addition to the M500 upgrade package is the Aspen EFD 1000, which serves as a remarkably capable standby instrument. **
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The airplane we flew for this report is a late 2014 model PA-46-500TP, the first to be designated M500.
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Check out what kind of competition the M500 has in our "Piper Meridian M500 Versus the World: Comparison Specs" gallery. (Photo by Robert Goyer)