Industry News

November 2000 Issue

Mirage or Nightmare?

Lycoming disputes reports that suggest 10 percent of Mirage engines have failed in flight. A federal court may decide who’s right.

[IMGCAP(1)] Owning a New Piper Mirage has proven a bittersweet experience for many pilots. While the airplane is a comfortable, high-flying cruiser, it’s complex and has a reputation for being needy of maintenance.

Even at that, however, Mirage owners were recently treated to some disturbing news that has both New Piper and Lycoming looking for improvements, although both dispute the results of a recent survey indicating poor engine reliability in Mirages.

In the meantime, a Dallas Mirage owner filed a $75 million class action lawsuit against New Piper in late September, claiming that New Piper and Lycoming knew of the Mirage’s engine problems for years but did nothing to correct the...

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