Piper Meridian Buyer’s Guide

Why Buy a Piper Meridian?

Piper Meridian Buyer's Guide

Maximum Range
1091 nm
Payload - Full Fuel LBS
331 lb
Seats (Executive)
5
Long Range Cruise
225 Ktas

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.

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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.

Matt Harris

Flight Range

Piper Meridian has a full range of 1091 nm and a long-range cruise for 225 KTAS.

Piper Meridian specifications

Variable Cost
521.58
Cabin Height FT
3.90
Door Width FT
2.00
Range NM
1091
Cabin Width FT
4.20
Balanced Field Length FT
2000
Range – Seats Full N.M.
489
Cabin Length FT
12.30
Landing Dist FT
1950
MTOW LBS
5092
Cabin Volume CU FT
106.00
Engine Model
PT6A-42A
B.O.W W/Crew LBS
3663
Baggage Vol.Ext CU FT
20.00
Engines
1
Payload - Full Fuel LBS
331
Seats Executive
5
R.O.C All Engines FT PER MIN
1556
Normal Cruise Speed KTAS
262
Crew / Passengers
1 / 5
Useable Fuel LBS
1140
L/Range Cruise Speed KTAS
225
Door Height FT
3.80
VFR Maximum Range
1072

Data courtesy of Conklin & de Decker

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FAQ: Piper Meridian

  • How many passengers can fly on a Piper Meridian?

    Five passengers can fly on the Piper Meridian in executive configuration.

  • How many Piper Meridian turboprops are in operation?

    There are 542 Piper Meridian turboprops in operation worldwide, according to JETNET (April 2021 data). Thirty-four additional aircraft have been retired.

  • How do I find a Piper Meridian for sale?

    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.

  • Can I charter a Piper Meridian and try before I buy?

    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.

  • Which is the best engine maintenance program for a Piper Meridian?

    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.

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