Piper Meridian In Airplane Training
Professional, Affordable, Insurance-Approved
We offer insurance approved Meridian training to professionally minded pilots. We operate under FAA Part 61 and emphasize the “Train to Proficiency” concept.
Your training schedule is based on your flying ability, recent experience, and time in type- not some arbitrary timeline. We aren’t a big school so our instructors get to know you, learn your strengths and weaknesses, and put together a program tailored to your training objective(s). It’s a concept that works. Our clients have been returning every year for the past 20 years!
We emphasize the nuances of flying professionally and want you to learn something new every time you train with us. We teach things that matter- information you can put to use in your everyday flying to become a safer and more efficient Piper Meridian pilot. Instead of rehashing a tired syllabus of minutiae and memory items, our focus is on teaching you how a system works from a pilot’s perspective.
Every instructor’s goal is to develop a long-term training partnership. We are the experts you can turn to with a systems or operating question any time of the year, not just during class. It’s a different approach to your required training. We think it’s a better choice.
Piper Meridian Program Details
Initial Training2-3 Days Initial Training
Recurrent Training1-2 Days Recurrent Training
Why train with us? Personalized training is the hallmark of our business. Unlike the big box simulator schools, you are one of the only ones in the class and we can completely individualize the program to your needs.
Although we have an insurance approved syllabus, we are not tied to a Part 142 curriculum. That means we do not have to teach the same things over and over. We specialize in tailoring our training to your requirements. For some clients, that means concentrating on engine out scenarios in our full motion simulators. For other clients, it means mentoring time in a new airplane they recently purchased.
As the owner/pilot of a Piper Meridian, you understand that Initial or Recurrent training is the key to flying safely. In fact, reducing accidents is the only reason insurance companies require annual training. Unfortunately, many other simulator schools continue to emphasize subject areas that have no measurable effect on improving flight safety. Research has proven that learning is enhanced when training is both authentic and realistic.
Reviewing aircraft systems in minute detail for two days every year does little to help a pilot faced with the real world go/no go decisions. Piper Meridian accidents are usually the culmination of a chain of events. Learning to break that chain is far more useful to the owner/ pilot than a 90-minute review of how the starter generator functions.
Rather than rehash the same old information, we teach the skills necessary to learn good judgment and make safe decisions. We do this by incorporating scenario based training and installing a safety system to back up your decision-making process. We take into account your experience level and type of flying to create real-life scenarios as a means of exposing you to realistic operations and critical decision-making opportunities. These scenarios include “what if” discussions to challenge your decision-making process. Since the “what if” discussion pertains to the scenario, there is a powerful connection between your decisions and the successful outcome of the flight. Research has shown these types of discussions help build good judgment skills. Of course, aircraft system training is included to help you recognize the limitations and capabilities of your airplane.
Additionally, we use our scenario based method to instruct you on the intricacies of the Piper Meridian’s avionics. What makes the Meridian aircraft unique is superior avionics, which in turn offers enhanced capabilities. Glass cockpits and avionics require increased technical knowledge and the ability to interface seamlessly with the automation. This is the greatest benefit to training in your airplane as opposed to training in a simulator. Of course, we realize the benefit of using simulators which is why we also have a WAAS equipped, full motion simulator for those pilots preferring/needing simulator based training.
The proven Piper Meridian airframe has enjoyed many years of service. These airplanes are stable yet forgiving and comprise a large percentage of the small turbine fleet. The key to the Meridian’s safety record is continuous training. Our goal is to improve your aircraft handling skills, decision-making abilities, Single Pilot Resource Management, and overall safety while flying the Piper Meridian.
Douglas Carmody is a former airline Captain with over 30,000 flight hours. He has over 32 years of instructional experience in turbine aircraft. Along with being a contract instructor, he’s also a corporate pilot, a charter pilot, a licensed A & P Mechanic, and author of 15 aviation books and numerous magazine articles.