Piper Promotes Meridian as Biz Aircraft at NBAA

VERO BEACH, Fla., Oct. 14, 2013 - Piper Aircraft Inc. will promote its flagship single-engine M-Class Meridian business aircraft at the National Business Aviation Association's Annual Meeting and Convention, held in Las Vegas from Oct. 22-24.

"The Piper Meridian is becoming more accepted as a true business turboprop throughout the world," said Piper Vice President of Sales and Marketing Drew McEwen. "While it remains a popular owner-operated aircraft because of its lower acquisition cost and economical operation, those same reasons are making it more popular with business."

"In the past few years we have noted that the number of Piper Meridians flown by Part 91 operations has doubled as corporate flight departments move up to a turboprop or covert to single-engine Piper from twin-engine turbine aircraft," McEwen said. "For a little over $2M, Piper's dealers can put companies in a brand-new cabin-class turbine-powered business aircraft with much lower operating costs."

At NBAA this year, Piper will have an M-Class Meridian mockup on exhibit at the Las Vegas Convention Center's indoor static display and a Meridian business turboprop at Henderson Executive Airport's static aircraft display.

About M-Class Aircraft

M-Class aircraft offer Piper performance and safety built upon a proven airframe that has been an industry standard for years. Three refined derivatives comprise the full line: the Meridian, the Mirage and the Matrix. Each product fits it own niche and price point, and each aircraft provides a seamless step-up to the next level. Created to maximize the private travel experience, the M-Class line balances performance, efficiency and simplicity.

About the Meridian

The Piper Meridian is a single-engine turboprop that seats six with club-seating. It is powered by the P&WC PT6A-42A 500 shp engine and has a 260 KTAS/482 km/h max cruise speed and a range of 1,000 nm/1,885 km. The standard equipped list price is $2,176,325, equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite.

About Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla. The company offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single-engine and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series - the Meridian, Mirage and Matrix - offer businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seminole and Seneca V balance proven performance, efficiency and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Archer TX, Arrow, Seneca V and Seminole aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

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