No one makes it easier for a pilot to step up to a turboprop than Piper Aircraft. Product-wise, Piper’s PA-46 M-Class pistons provide the perfect transition platforms to the turbine-powered PA-46 Meridian. From a price/performance perspective, the Meridian arguably delivers the best bang for the buck among turboprop singles. And operationally, no OEM has made a turboprop that’s easier to operate than the Meridian. “It’s a turboprop airplane for the man who’s never flown a turboprop, so we want to make it as simple as we can,” said Bart Jones, Piper’s chief pilot, as we did a walkaround of CGAMM at the Piper factory in Vero Beach, Fla. “This is the most simple turbine engine airplane I’ve ever flown.”
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