En Route: Piper Aircraft Launches Meridian M500 With The Latest In Garmin Avionics

En Route: Piper Aircraft Launches Meridian M500 With The Latest In Garmin Avionics


As of January 28, 2015, Piper Aircraft has introduced its newest top-of-the-line M-Class Meridian M500 single-engine turbine business aircraft, featuring the latest in Garmin avionics, enhanced safety features and a number of other significant product improvements.

“The 2015 Piper M500 will come equipped with the very newest Garmin avionics package for increased safety,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “As part of our on-going product improvement initiatives, we saw an opportunity to give our customers the latest improvements in proven avionics technology, with electronic stability protection, underspeed protection and automatic level mode, among other improvements.”

The Piper M500 seats six with club seating. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A 500-shp engine, sports a 260-KTAS max cruise speed and has a range of 1,000 nm. Equipped with an improved Garmin G1000 avionics suite, the 2015 M500 is listed at a competitive price of $2.26 million.

Upgraded Avionics

The M500’s new Garmin G1000 avionics suite will feature dual high-resolution 10-inch PFDs and a high-resolution 12-inch MFD, as well as the latest Garmin Software upgrade, along with a GFC700 autopilot with enhanced Autopilot Flight Control System (AFCS), including a number of flight safety features:

Electronic Stability Protection (ESP)

Underspeed Protection (USP), Coupled Go-Around

Expanded Engagement Envelope

Level Mode, Autopilot Auto-Engage

Master caution, master warning, gear position, gear warning incorporated in the G1000

Electronic Stability Protection

Electronic Stability Protection (ESP) helps prevent the onset of stall/spins, steep spirals, and loss-of-control conditions. This passive feature discourages aircraft operation outside the desired flight envelope. ESP functions independently of the autopilot system and only takes effect when the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft with the autopilot disengaged. It works as a soft “barrier” to keep the Piper M500 inside the performance envelope by automatically engaging servos to slightly correct control surface positions when the aircraft exceeds one or more flight parameters – essentially “nudging” it back inside safe parameters.

Underspeed Protection

Underspeed Protection (USP) is a flight director function that reacts to underspeed conditions in a way that allows the autopilot to remain engaged but prevents the airplane from stalling while the PFD annunciates when active. With stall protections developed as part of the USP system, coupled go-arounds are possible without disengaging the autopilot. With this feature, the autopilot will remain engaged and fly the missed approach. If power is not added, the USP system will maintain a speed just above stall warning, adjusting airplane pitch attitude as required.

Automatic Level Mode (Blue Button)

The M500 also features an autopilot Level Mode function as standard equipment that, when triggered, will return the aircraft to a wings-level attitude with zero vertical speed. Upon activation, Level Mode will automatically engage the flight director and autopilot functions to return the aircraft to straight-and-level flight. Activating Level Mode cancels all armed and active modes, leaving all other autopilot modes available while the Level Mode is activated, simply by pressing the associated mode control button.

For further information, contact www.piper.com.

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