Used Aircraft Guide

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Piper PA-46 Malibu/Mirage

Despite some quirks and problems, this unique design offers high-zoot personal transport for those who can afford the upkeep.

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The Malibu and its near-clone, the Mirage, are airplanes that fall into a class all their own. The PA-46 is pressurized and has an air-stair door, so in terms of accommodation it ranks up with cabin-class twins. In terms of performance, too, it rivals many airplanes having the benefit of an extra engine. However, its single engine offers (at least theoretically) lower operating and maintenance costs.

There are some airplanes configured similarly to the PA-46, but they’re in a different league, with turboprop engines; specifically, the SOCATA TBM 700. The closest piston-powered counterpart is the Cessna P210, which is of similar size but which has a more conventional cabin l...

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