Apparent fuel starvation caused New Piper's second Malibu Meridian prototype to land on interstate I-95 near the manufacturer's Vero Beach factory on January 7. The aircraft was conducting unusable fuel tests with a test pilot and test engineer when an auxiliary fuel tank malfunctioned, forcing it to land. New Piper sales and marketing head Larry Bardon says the incident will have no effect on Meridian certification and deliveries, which are planned for this summer. Following repairs to the ...

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