Piper Aircraft Inc. has received fleetwide approval from the Federal Aviation Administration permitting owners and operators of Piper Meridian single-engine turboprop business aircraft to operate from unpaved runways.
The announcement was made today at the 2011 Malibu/Mirage Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA) Fly-In Convention held here in Hot Springs. Previously the Meridian had been limited to operations from paved runways.
"We are pleased to offer this added performance capability immediately to the nearly 500 operators of Piper Meridian turboprops," said Piper Executive Vice President Randy Groom. "And we are especially pleased to make the announcement today at the MMOPA Fly-In and Convention, where Piper enthusiasts from around the world gather every year to advance the interests and safety of owners and pilots who fly Piper M-Class airplanes."