And both have the same airframe as the Mirage. Amazing as it may seem, the Malibu soon became second only to Mooney’s 252 in sales, outselling even Piper’s own less-than-$100,000 Warrior and Archer, Aerospatiale’s gull-wing Tobago and Trinidad, and even the ever-popular Mooney 201LM and 205 combined. Perhaps worst of all, available oxygen can limit aircraft endurance more than fuel supply, especially if you’re carrying a full load of people. Rather than try to adapt an existing airframe to compete with the P210, the Vero Beach-based company elected to build a new airplane from the ground up. Piper also developed the last piston retractable to be certified. Click here or above for a free digital version of our July 2019 issue. Then too, I would have had to settle for probably 30 knots less speed at the lower altitude with less turbo advantage and calmer winds. Will be retrofittable. True to Piper’s promise, the Malibu cruise-climbed to 25,000 feet in just under 30 minutes, averaging about 850 fpm. Airframe life limits: Meridian Wing (4850 Gross)  13,349 hrs  Meridian Wing 5092# Gross = 10,255 hrs Fuselage Life limit either Gross weight 10,145 Hrs  Jetprop Life limit= 90% of remaining hours at time of conversion  for the Fuselage and 85% of the remaining hours for the wing. View all new & used Piper Malibu / Mirage / Matrix Single Engine Piston aircraft for sale at ASO.com. The Piper PA-46 Malibu and Matrix are a family of American light aircraft manufactured by Piper Aircraft of Vero Beach, Florida.The aircraft is powered by a single engine and has the capacity for one pilot and five passengers. -35 has more aggressive compressor blade design like -135. The PA-46R-350T Malibu Matrix (today Piper Matrix) is a unpressurized variant with a Lycoming TIO-540-AE2A piston engine. Notice I’m using the term “Malibu” and not Mirage, Jetprop, or Meridian. Total time, airframe: 4,330 hours; Left engine: 198 hours since Gold Medallion Factory Reman overhaul installed 2/16/2016 in Venezuela; Right engine: 1,026 hours since Penn Yan Aero overhaul on 5/17/2007 installed by Airmods & Repair, Inc (NJ, USA) on 6/1/2007 Shortly after the close of the National Business Aircraft Association Convention, I borrowed the display Malibu, loaded it up with six folks, and headed to Albuquerque, N.M. for lunch. Small numbers were also built of the airline optimised T-1020 (based on the Chieftain but "hardened" for airline operations) and the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A powered T-1040 (PA-31T3). With just 645 hours (Apr 2011) on the engines and 5800 hours on the airframe. High idle speed requires more use of brakes and Beta. After #90 Jetprop went to -35 and dropped the -34. This isn’t to knock the 340. Had to dow ith certification of the engine - both are AE2As. Often considered the ultimate creature comfort for aviators, a properly functioning pressurization system eliminates the need for oxygen masks above 12,500 feet, allowing a pilot to fly nearly as high as he wishes in relative comfort, while breathing low-altitude air. For instance, the Piper Malibu PA–46-310, certified under Part 23, has a fuselage time-in-service limit of 10,145 hours. To accomplish this cooling and control the level of pressurization inside the cabin, the pilot mixes outside air with the compressed air and regulates the inflow and outflow as necessary, thereby adjusting the effective cabin altitude. Meridian 260 once at altitude. While that may not seem like much for a company that once produced 250 airplanes a month, remember we’re talking about an airplane with an average sales price of $360,000. -34 has 4000 TBO. Regarding the Matrix vs Malibu and engine demand, my recollection was that the matrix had sonic nozzles on it (what feeds the cabin) just not hooked to anything. Jetprop has ram recovery cowling like later King Airs. This Piper Meridian is one of the best on the market. Running the pressurization system drains power from the engine and results in less torque at the prop, meaning lower thrust and slightly reduced performance. We have 19 PIPER MALIBU SERIES Aircraft For Sale. Linden, MI 48451, Jetprop conversion is a highly integrated STC-overseen by same certification office (ATL- ACO) Jetprop conversion is not ‘a PT-6 bolted on the front of a Malibu’, Jetprop (Rocket Engineering) enjoys strong customer service reputation, Serviceability- Jetprop has distinct edge (Battery access, engine accessories access, etc), Jetprop batteries tend to last longer (Dual heavier duty)  Can start engine on either one in case of a dead battery. (PA-34), based on the Cherokee Six airframe, and the Seminole (PA-44) in 1978, based on the Arrow. Piper has built more than 20,000 twin-engine airplanes. The price is right, too. Other static tests were performed at loadings ranging from 3.8 to -2 Gs. VG’s on the higher Gross weight Meridians (5092# v. 4850# 2003/later) reduces TAS by 5 Knots. -34 and -35 quite similar. Both useful for flying and maintenance. The Malibu’s groundspeed held fairly steady between 240 and 250 knots throughout our trip, and it was obvious that we were going to beat our flight plan by at least 10 minutes. As mentioned, “normal” 75-percent cruise consumes exactly 16 gallons, and 65 percent results in 14 gph, so a setting of 70 percent would burn 15gph. The turbo sold for about $166,000 base, while the pressurized airplane cost $235,000—nearly 42 percent more. The pilot, who also was flying passengers on an angel flight, had taken pains to avoid inclement weather during the flight, said the lawsuit against Piper and other defendants. Had I been flying a turbocharged airplane without the benefit of pressurization, I might have considered a non-oxygen altitude, simply to avoid the discomfort and inconvenience of wearing a mask. Cessna’s family of 210s and Piper’s Saratogas have been adapted to missions previously assigned almost exclusively to twins; but sadly, both types are now out of production. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. But the airframe is lighter without the … Cruising three to four miles above the mountain west, the ride was not only smoother; it was less busy as well. ... 1980 Piper Navajo Chieftain PA-31-325, Lowest time Panther conversion on the market today with Only 4600 hours total time. When you run out of O2, you no longer have the option to fly high until you’ve refilled the system, usually at a cost of $30 or more (and then only when you can find it.). Serious business transportation in Pipers. Two major differences, however, would be speed and turbulence. Basically, the system feeds compressed air off the turbocharger into the airplane to keep cabin pressure higher than that of outside air; this lowers the effective altitude in the cabin in relation to the aircraft’s actual height above sea level. Search more Piper airplanes on Hangar67. 1 - 19 Early Meridians have approx same fuel/range trade-offs as Jetprops. Plus factors of the Malibu 310 compared to the mirage 350 are: 1. But, a Malibu can be purchased for under $300k, and that is the closest purchase price to a Cessna P210. Cannulas are an option, but only to 18,000 feet. Therefore, the -35 is better at altitude. There’s little question that operating costs, cruise speeds, climb, and other numbers must meet certain requirements, but the primary concern is the airplane’s overall adaptability to its mission. A Piper Aircraft for All Scenarios. Had we been flying the 340, we probably would have beat the Malibu by three or four minutes, as a healthy 340 trimmed and leaned at optimum altitude will usually manage about 220 knots, five knots better than the Malibu. This listing was posted on Dec 03, 2020. The Malibu prototype emerged from the Vero Beach plant in late 1982, amidst much fanfare and excitement. After leveling and setting power at max cruise, I watched the DME gradually count up to 260 knots—a solid 60 knots better than book. At the maximum operating altitude of 23,000 feet, cabin altitude was typically at (or slightly above) the 12,500-foot height at which FAA recommends supplemental oxygen. A pilot can manage pressurization as much or as little as he wishes, but most of the time only one adjustment is required. The Matrix is an unpressurized Mirage. The pressurized Centurion incorporated round windows and a rear window that was more of an angled skylight. We arrived ahead of schedule for an average 248 knots. That allows seven hours, plus reserve with 120 gallons aboard. Then Piper performed flight tests, using one of its own test aircraft (N9135D — the one used in the original certification process). As far as I know, there is no FAA imposed life limit on airframes certified under CAR 3 (like Cessnas, Pipers, and Beechcraft). The Mojave was a development of the PA-31P, and its airframe was essentially … The cruise speed is 225 kts, the stall speed is 61 kts, and the range is 990 miles. When Mr. Piper introduced the Piper Cub in 1937, he had a dream – the freedom of flight for everyone. 246 Jetprops, 33 have -21. To illustrate just what a pressurized cabin can do behind a single engine, I took a short trip in an ’87 model Malibu and contrasted that with the same trip in a Cessna 340, about the least expensive pressurized twin readily available on the used market. The empty weight is 2,608 lbs and the gross weight is 4,300 lbs. The Malibu’s pressurization differential is 5.5 psi, so we’d climb on up to 25,000 feet while the cabin leveled at 8000 feet. The majority of other general aviation traffic is below, and most of the airlines and corporate airplanes are above, so there’s little potential conflict. Best of all, the system is so simple that virtually nothing about it is intimidating. Malibu Aerospace - 612-386-8214 Training in Pipers. 2. At this time, I knew for sure that one should buy a 310P Malibu instead of a 350P Mirage. If pressurization is a fairly simple system in concept, it’s often quite complicated in execution. Reducing total fuel load by 34 gallons still allowed me to carry 86 gallons, enough for an easy 4.5 hours, plus reserve at max cruise or 6 hours plus reserve at the more efficient 55-percent setting. Pressurization is perhaps aviation’s ultimate creature comfort. 2006 Avidyne Flightmax Entegra package with 1500 autopilot. Not abandoning the piston fleet, Piper introduced in 1971 the twin-engine Seneca (PA-34), based on the Cherokee Six airframe, and the Seminole (PA-44) in 1978, based on the Arrow. On my flight eastbound, I also benefitted from prevailing winds. To make big singles even more attractive to prospective twin buyers, two companies made the move to pressurization. Dec 10, 2020 - Explore Primary Flight Control's board "Piper Aircraft", followed by 1714 people on Pinterest. Member General Aviation Manufacturers Association...; Page 3 PIPER AIRCRAFT, INC. ... Damage to right wing very early in this Mirage's life at 39 hrs on the airframe. Piper has built more than 20,000 twin-engine airplanes. Fuel burn was only 41.2 gallons. The various versions of the Piper Malibu it has a maximum cabin pressure differential between 5.5 and 5.6; that is probably the plane he saw that data on. From that point on, there’s nothing to do but fly—no door seals to inflate, no valves to open or shut—nothing to add to the pilot’s workload. (PA-34), based on the Cherokee Six airframe, and the Seminole (PA-44) in 1978, based on the Arrow. Who would have guessed that when Piper introduced the world’s first $300,000, single-engine airplane that it would eventually be vying for top sales honors among all airplanes, single or twin? The Mirage, Jetprop, or Meridian all cost more than a comparative Cessna P210, and should not be compared. Jetprops same as Mirage. Although Mooney had a brief, unsuccessful flirtation with an inflatable airplane (the M22 Mustang) in the ‘60s, Cessna’s P210 was the first model to adapt an existing basic airframe to pressurization for the singles crowd. Meridian utilizes single power lever (like a FADEC). while the Malibu Mirage one by Textron Lycoming with 350 hp. If that seems a long way to go just to check the local airport chili, the real point was to examine the relative merits of pressurized singles versus more conventional business twins. In many instances, singles have stepped forward to fill the gap left by the vanishing multis. This accomplished by added a second window pane. It’s true that the 340 offers an extra engine for safety, but most Malibus are equipped with dual vacuum pumps and alternators so system redundancy is almost the same. Advantage Meridian. Meridian significantly heavier and requires larger engine Magnesium case is 200# heavier than aluminum on -21 thru -35. of our life savings and purchased an established aircraft dealership Kansas Aircraft Corporation based in Kansas City. Member General Aviation Manufacturers Association...; Page 3 PIPER AIRCRAFT, INC. This Piper JetProp DLX started life as a Piper Malibu Mirage which was converted to a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-35 Turbine engine in 2011 producing 560hp. TAS: Jetprop 255-260. Page 2 Published by Technical Publications ©Piper Aircraft, Inc. 2926 Piper Drive Vero Beach, Florida 32960 U.S.A. In ’78, the most expensive single-engine airplane available was predictably the aforementioned Cessna P210, priced at about $125,000 fully equipped. Shadin Trend Monitor better than Meggitt (Piper recently switched to Shadin) No wind or Calibrated TAS on 530 interface with Meggitt. Serious business transportation in Pipers. Chad Menne and the team at Malibu … Airframe: 1350 hours - Beautiful, exceptionally maintained G1000 Mirage with folding seats, Synthetic Vision, ADS-b, FIKI and serviced by Malibu Aerospace / Pip.....more. Meridian has two small locations-behind radome and small door in tailcone. Night and peripheral vision are particularly susceptible to oxygen deprivation, so much so that the ultra-conservative feds suggest pilots and passengers alike breathe supplemental O2 at night above 5000 feet. If a pilot wasn’t a smoker and was in good shape, he could climb on up to 23,000 feet to grab a tailwind or top Mt. Despite the setback from COVID-19, the airline industry anticipates a recovery and… https://www.facebook.com/PiperOwnerSociety?fref=ts. The test airplane had a full-fuel payload of more than 650 pounds. Single engined Pipers have no factory mandated life cycles or maximum airframe time, as there may be in larger pressurized aircraft. The Better Life. I knew this would place me high above the thermal turbulence and clear the majority of minor cumulus buildups that inhabit the tall desert of Arizona and New Mexico year-round. Provides 150# of ‘free’ torque, Jetprop 5-6 minutes quicker to FL 27,0. (Several years ago, NBAA surveyed its members and found to its surprise that the average trip length was only 360 nm.). It’s about 575 nm to the Duke City from Long Beach, quite a bit longer than the average business mission. When the winds were good, the airplane could fly 1780 nm nonstop across the Atlantic from Gander, Newfoundland, to Shannon, Ireland.). Better range, better payload, better engine, less fuelin a Malibu 310P, you have all the best of the Malibus. For Sellers . Jetprop has 4610# Gross weight increase into FAA. Piper Malibu Mirage The avionics suite is, unsurprisingly, a fully integrated Garmin G1000. … VERO BEACH, FL, July 20, 2020 – ATP Flight School accepted delivery of six new Piper Archer TXs and renewed a 100-aircraft order with Piper Aircraft, Inc. ATP operates the largest fleet of 402 flight training aircraft, the majority of which are Pipers. Get Insurance Operating Costs Apply for Financing. After they reach this limit they have to be replaced. In the Cessna Turbo-Skylane RG, for example, a full 48-cu.ft bottle of oxygen will last four people only two hours. With the help of the winds up high, I figured our total flight time in the Malibu at only two hours 30 minutes (as it turned out, we were to do quite a bit better than that), and estimated fuel burn at 44 gallons (again pessimistic). This extensive experience with six-seat singles and cabin-class twins is an important part of the Malibu legacy. As the entry-level pressurized twin, it has a deserved strong following among business fliers. Another advantage of choosing the LGB-ABQ hop to test the Malibu’s flexibility was that I could load the airplane with six people and still have plenty of fuel reserve. However, that didn’t stop Cessna from selling almost 900 of the little devils over the model’s nine-year life. A Piper Aircraft for All Scenarios. The PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian (today Piper M500) is a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A turboprop powered variant. Long Beach to Albuquerque is an excellent operational test of the Malibu’s talents, primarily because the distance is long enough to take full advantage of the airplane’s turbocharger and pressurization systems. The PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage (today M350) is powered by a Lycoming TIO-540-AE2A piston engine. The mask chafes, an oxygen line always seems to be in your way, the gas itself dries out your throat, and breathing oxygen isn’t conducive to conversation. 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