While much of the general aviation world is in Palm Springs, Calif., this weekend for the AOPA Aviation Summit, some folks from Piper Aircraft are there for a different reason — they are showing off a Piper Meridian at the Ferrari Club of America‘s annual meeting.
This is the second consecutive year that Piper has exhibited at the annual Ferrari Club of America meeting. This year the company is showing off a cabin and cockpit mockup of its M-Class single-engine turbine-powered Meridian
The Piper Meridian is a single engine turboprop that seats six. It is powered by the P&WC PT6A-42A 500 shp engine and has a 260 KTAS max cruise speed and a range of 1,000 nm. The standard list price is $2.1 million, equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite.
“Both the Ferrari and Piper names conjure basic emotions among their many admirers,” says Drew McEwen, Piper Head of Global Sales and Business Development. “Ferrari drivers and Piper drivers share deep appreciation for exquisite design, superb quality and exhilarating performance, and we always have a great time together.”
Piper and its dealers Keystone Aviation and Cutter Aviation will have sales and marketing representatives at the meeting to talk about the Piper lineup of high-performance and economical airplanes. As McEwen says, “The annual Ferrari meeting is an excellent venue to showcase Piper airplanes with a group that appreciates design and performance.”
Every year since 1964, the Ferrari Club of America has held an annual meet in or near a major city in North America. It is a multiday, national event held in a different location every year, close to a renowned road-racing track. The focal point of every meeting is the North American Field and Driving Concours, which is recognized as one of the most important annual gatherings in the world for the display and evaluation of Ferrari automobiles.
In addition to the Concours, FCA Annual Meets feature a Driver Development Track Event, both competitive and pleasure rallies and many social events.