If getting from A to B in pressurised comfort is your thing, then the Malibu Mirage is unrivalled in the world of single-engine pistons.
We featured this example, G-GREY, in FLYER February 2014, after flying it for 50 hours to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and back.
The Malibu looks pretty sleek for an aeroplane that first flew in 1979
…but the odd shaped air inlets at the front of the cowl look dated
With pressurisation, weather radar and certification for flight into known icing it's a very capable tourer
New Malibus come with G1000, but this is a pretty comprehensive analogue cockpit
You need to step over the spar to get into the front seats, and that means combining a wiggle with a lunge
Owner Steven Day took G-GREY from Gloucester to Oshkosh and back in 2013
Earlier models had a Continental engine, but in 1989 Piper changed to the 350hp Lycoming TIO-540
Want one? Better make sure the 43' wing fits through your hangar door