Piper PA-46 Malibu Meridian

  • CountryUnited States of America
  • TypeSix seat corporate turboprop
  • PowerplantsOne 373kW (500shp) takeoff rated and 298kW (400shp) continuous rated Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A turboprop driving a four-blade constant speed Hartzell propeller.
  • PerformanceMax cruising speed at 30,000ft and mid cruise weight 485km/h (262kt). Initial rate of climb 1739ft/min. Certificated altitude 30,000ft. Range at max cruising speed at 30,000ft with reserves 1885km (1018nm). Endurance 4.22hr.
  • WeightsStandard equipped 1471kg (3243lb), max takeoff 2312kg (5092lb).
  • DimentionsWing span 13.11m (43ft 0in), length 9.02m (29ft 7in), height 3.45m (11ft 4in). Wing area 17.0m2 (183.0sq ft).
  • CapacityTypical seating for pilot and five passengers. Pilot and four passengers with optional entertainment/refreshment console with drinks cooler, storage and VCR and flat panel monitor.
  • ProductionPA-46T - 212 had been built by end 2004. DLX - by March 2005, 160 piston-engined PA-46s had been converted.

The Malibu Meridian is the first real airplane program from New Piper Aircraft Inc and is an elite turboprop advancement of the famous Malibu Mirage.

New Piper published advancement of the Meridian at the 1997 NBAA tradition. The flying machine was taken off at Piper's Vero Beach, Florida offices on August 13 1998 and this airplane (an aeromechanically accommodating model) flew surprisingly on August 21 that year. Three further Meridian models will enter the flight test system amid 1999. Accreditation was honored on September 27 2000, with the first client conveyance on November 7 2000.

The Meridian's most clear peculiarity contrasted and the Malibu is its Pratt & Whitney Canada Pt6a-42a turboprop. The -42a has a thermodynamic rating of 901kw (1209shp) however on the Meridian is derated to 373kw (500shp) for takeoff, which permits the motor to keep up max control through to the flying machine's 30,000ft roof, giving a 485km/h (262kt) cruising velocity.

Real areas of the Meridian's fuselage are normal with the Malibu's however the turboprop offers various noteworthy progressions, including a stainless steel firewall, harmony protracting wing root gloves which expand wing range to guarantee a moderately low stall pace, expanded region level tail and rudder, and expanded fuel limit.

The Meridian additionally has a totally new instrument board. Standard gear incorporates a three pivot S-TEC 550 autopilot which is coupled to the double 13cm (5in) shade LCD Garmin GNS 530 incorporated GPS showcases consolidating IFR GPS and VOR/ILS collector with glidescope, and a Meggitt Engine Instrument Display System involving double Lcds showing motor data, (for example, torque, temperatures and weights, propeller RPM, outside air temperature and fuel level at objective and time to goal computations).

A discretionary Electronic Flight Display System (EFDS) presents flight data on four Meggitt shade Lcds (two for every side), containing double essential flight shows and double route shows. Routine flight instrumentation is standard.

An adversary turboprop Malibu is the Jetprop DLX which is a transformation of cylinder engined PA-46s. The initial 88 transformations are controlled by a Pratt & Whitney Pt6a-34, from the 89th flying machine the 417kw (560shp) Pt6a-35 or the lower cost 410kw (550shp) Pt6a-21 are introduced.

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