Mirage has the rare distinction of being in
a class by itself. No other plane currently
in production can claim to be a six-place
cabin-class pressurized piston single. In
spite of a complicated history, the aircraft
ultimately lives up to its reputation as a
full-capability IFR platform providing
comfort and reliability in the flight
levels. The Malibu Mirage offers performance
and comfort similar to many cabin-class
twins, with significantly lower operating
Mirage is actually two different airplanes.
The Malibu, designated the PA-46-310P, was
first introduced to the public in late 1982,
and rolled off the production line in 1984.
The Mirage (PA-46-350P), also called the
Malibu Mirage to create some confusion, came
into the world in 1989, with a new engine,
greater maximum gross takeoff weight and a
slightly more modern cockpit design. The two
share many common characteristics.