- 08 Jun 2021
- Gerrard Cowan
- Avionics - BizAv
If you’re looking for a small pre-owned single-engine turboprop aircraft, the Piper Meridian may on your shopping list. Introduced in 2001, the Meridian remained in production until 2015, when the Piper M500 replaced it.
Over its production run, the Piper Meridian received two significant avionics upgrades. Models built from 2006 incorporated the Avidyne Entegra suite (replacing the previous Meggitt Magic avionics). This brought the Meridian’s flight panel into the glass cockpit era. Then, for models built from 2009, Piper replaced the Avidyne Entegra panel with Garmin G1000 avionics.
Buyers should pay attention to which avionics are installed on prospective Piper Meridians for sale. Older models may also have been upgraded and retrofitted with newer avionics.
AvBuyer Opinion: With its design based on the Piper Malibu, the Piper Meridian is a great step-up option for piston operators seeking the comfort and performance increase of a turbine aircraft. The Meridian is also an attractive option for those seeking a speedy, pre-owned single-engine turboprop with short field capabilities, and lower operating costs.
Data courtesy of Conklin & de Decker
Five passengers can fly on the Piper Meridian in executive configuration.
There are 542 Piper Meridian turboprops in operation worldwide, according to JETNET (April 2021 data). Thirty-four additional aircraft have been retired.
You can find Piper Meridian turboprops for sale via AvBuyer’s Piper Meridian page.
You can also search for dealers who specialize in the model, who will offer a deep knowledge of the Meridian marketplace; context on the price of a particular aircraft compared to others on the market; identify models that have yet to reach the open market; and will help you achieve the best value for your money.
Yes, you can charter a Piper Meridian first to help decide whether it’s the right turboprop for you. This will give you a better idea of the aircraft’s range, how much baggage room you will need, and most importantly how comfortable the aircraft is with your typical passenger load.
There are two engine maintenance program choices for operators of Piper Meridian aircraft: Pratt & Whitney Canada provides ESP program coverage for its PT6A-42A engines. Third-party hourly maintenance cost program providers (such as JSSI) also provide coverage.