Used Aircraft Guide

May 2016 Issue

Piper Malibu-Mirage

Piperís brawny PA-46 piston single is hardly cheap to own, but it pays back with high-flying efficiency and luxurious creature comforts.

When it first appeared in the mid-1980s, the PA-46 Malibu was a head turner. Aside from its ramp appeal, pilots were intrigued with its high-flying pressurized cabin, 200-knot cruise speed and its impressive range. There was nothing quite like it and Piper soon found a loyal market for its new flagship product, mostly among well-to-do owners who could afford to sink a half-million bucks into a new single and who flew the kind of missions where the Malibu shined.

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