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Piper Matrix: Graduate Tool

Performance and more for those ready for a bigger cabin
by Thomas B. Haines, AOPA Pilot , February 2008

Here’s the situation: You’re one of the thousands of pilots who bought one of the new-generation high-performance, four-place singles over the last decade. Now the kids and the dog are bigger, your golf game is more serious, and your family has grown to love the utility of flying your own airplane. You don’t want to give up the performance and simple systems that come with your Columbia or Cirrus, but you need more room and a step up. What’s next?
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Piper Matrix: Strong Performer, Good Value

Frankly, we didnít think there would be a market for an unpressurized version of the Mirage, but Piper has proven otherwise.
by Rick Durden, Aviation Consumer

The Piper Matrix is un-American. The rules clearly state that automobiles and airplanes are to get bigger, heavier, more complicated and less efficient as the production years pass. Go look it up. Cars outgrow garages and airplanes lose useful load. Simplifying an American vehicle is not acceptable. Increasing an airplane’s efficiency and useful load is probably a federal offense.
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Piper Matrix

A brand-new (yeah, you heard us right) six-seater from Piper.
by Robert Goyer, Flying Magazine, March 2008

At face value it seemed as though Piper was merely trying to lower the price point of its million-dollar-plus, cabin-class, pressurized offering while still keeping the Mirage a viable product. And worst of all, it was doing it simply by subtracting some value from it, in the form of pressurization. After all, the critics asked, how much can it cost to put the pressurization system in an airframe already built to be pressurized? The whole Matrix exercise seemed like a cynical marketing ploy designed to drum up a few more PA-46 sales, nothing more. One aviation publication even referred to it as a "deflated Mirage" and asked, "Does the world really need an unpressurized Mirage?"
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Piper Matrix Flies with the Big Boys

Piper's unpressurized cabin-class piston single now has the cockpit of a turbine.
by J. Mac McClellan, Flying Magazine, May 2010

Many piston singles have much of the avionics capability of turbine-powered airplanes, but the Piper Matrix now has it all. Late last year Piper certified the same Garmin G1000 flat-glass avionics system in the unpressurized Matrix, and its pressurized sibling, the Mirage, that had been offered earlier in the turboprop Meridian. The claim that the Matrix and Mirage piston airplanes match a turbine is accurate and complete.
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Piper Matrix: The Pressure Is Off

Piper unveils its take on a turbocharged, four-place singleówith two extra seats
by Bill Cox, Plane & Pilot Magazine

As Piper’s first all-new airplane since the short-lived Tomahawk, the Malibu has prospered in the 23 years since its introduction. It’s one of only two Piper models in continuous production through the tough times of the late ’80s and early ’90s (the other was the Seneca). In total, Piper has sold some 1,300 Malibus and Mirages, and demand is still strong enough to justify continuing production.
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