LABACE Convention News

Piper Showcases Meridian and Seneca Through Local Dealer

 - August 14, 2013, 3:45 PM
Piper’s turboprop Meridian represents the top of the Florida-based airframer’s product line. The pressurized PT6A-42A-powered aircraft seats six and has a cruising speed of up to 260 knots with a 1,000-nm range. (Photo: David McIntosh)

Piper is demonstrating two aircraft from its range here at the LABACE show: a Seneca V and a Meridian. The display is being undertaken in conjunction with J.P. Martins Aviacão, the authorized local Piper dealer.

“Brazil is on a path to economic development, solidifying its place in the global aviation marketplace,” remarked the dealership’s founder, João Paulo Martins. “As the largest Piper dealer in the world, J.P. Martins is positioned to take full advantage of the growing popularity of Piper airplanes in Brazil.” The company was established in 1965 and operates a maintenance center here in São Paulo. The center includes a parts department that serves all regions of Brazil.

While Piper and J.P. Martins are here to promote the entire Piper range, the Seneca and Meridian were selected specifically to represent the wider family. “Piper has had great success in this market,” said Drew McEwen, Piper’s v-p of marketing and sales, “and the two aircraft on display are particularly suited to the geography and terrain of the world’s fifth most populous country.”

The Meridian is the top of Piper’s PA-46 Malibu-based M-class line. It seats six in comfort and its 500-shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A turboprop engine gives it a cruising speed of up to 260 ktas and a range of up to 1,000 nm. A Garmin G1000 avionics suite is fitted. Other members of the M-class are the piston-engine Mirage and Matrix, the latter being unpressurized.

Of course, the PA-34 Seneca is already a very familiar shape here in Brazil, where 876 of earlier models were built under license by Embraer as the EMB-810. The Seneca V on display here is the current incarnation of the highly popular light twin, and represents Piper’s Twin Class family, which also includes the T-tailed PA-44 Seminole. The Seneca V’s two 220-hp Continental TSIO-360-RB engines offer a 197 ktas maximum cruise, and the aircraft is also equipped with a Garmin G1000 avionics suite with a three-screen display.


Piper´s meridian is already outdated, it is cheap (as cheap as planes go) and has some great qualities, but have not been able to keep up. If you can stretch a little you can get a Socata TBM and if you are patient enough (the smart thing to do) you would wait for the Century TBM model coming out next year, that will have the same price as the 2013 TBM but with more perks and advantages, like winglets, composites and better motor and avionics. Also, if you dont want to have the best model outthere just wait for the new Century model to come out and watch the prices of the old TBMS drop like water on a rainy day. No need to get a Piper when better possibilities are out and prices will be lower.

Are you talking about the Elite model? That is socatas latest TBM, that´s what they showed on Le Bourget, I didn´t hear anything in their chalet about a new model, and I´d like to know more. If what you say is true it is exciting news.

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