At Malibu Aerospace, we provide a wide range of development capabilities that offer creative, usable enhancements for Piper aircraft. Our custom solutions are backed by decades of experience, and are guaranteed to fit your needs.
The experts at Malibu utilize advanced technologies that improve the performance, safety, and efficiency of every airplane that comes through our hanger, to ensure each project remains on schedule and on budget. Our capabilities are engineered to maximize utilization and cost effectiveness for your aircraft.
Component Design & Development
Our dedicated staff of engineers, DARs, and DERs have decades of experience in designing and developing aircraft components, electrical systems, and avionics. From engine redesign to LED lighting, the experts at Malibu Aerospace can enhance nearly every component or system on your aircraft.
If you have a specific component that needs design and development, contact us for more information.
Structural Design & Analysis
At Malibu Aerospace, we incorporate top line CAD and FEA software into every project we work on for exact specificity in designing appropriate solutions. Our test aircraft are heavily instrumented, and our custom Data Acquisition Systems measure all conceivable data points, which identify deficiencies and inform our engineering solutions.
Contact Malibu Aerospace for research, design, or development solutions.
Data Acquisition (DAQ)
Our engineering staff developed a series of effective data acquisition systems that collect, organize, evaluate, and present complex data for various aeronautics projects. We are well equipped to work with other aviation equipment integrators to accomplish the same great results.
Get in touch with Malibu Aerospace for more information.
Aircraft Interior Component Design
At Malibu Aerospace, we create custom interior cabinets for PA-46 aircraft. Our process for testing and receiving approval for single or multiple installations will expedite construction and improve cost-effectiveness.
If you’d like to discuss the possibility for re-imaging your aircraft interior, contact Malibu Aerospace.
Electrical System Design
We have experience in designing, developing, and constructing complex electrical systems that meet the strict requirements of the aviation industry. At Malibu Aerospace, our system and logic are well accepted by the Piper, FAA, and other industry professionals.
If you have an electrical system that requires professional guidance, contact us for support.
At Malibu Aerospace, we manage projects with accuracy and understanding. From conception through budgeting, research, production, and support, our deeply involved Operations Manager ensures your project stays on schedule and budget. No matter the scope or scale of your project, our approach remains the same – to provide you with excellent service and dedication to improving the performance, safety, and efficiency of your aircraft.
Get in touch with the professionals at Malibu Aerospace to learn more about our process.
Malibu Aerospace has experience gaining Standard Type Certificate (STC) approval for products and managing certification programs for aircraft manufacturers. Our engineers are among the most experienced and accomplished on PA-46 aircraft, and we offer cost-effective solutions for the development and certification of new components or entire aircraft.
Contact Malibu Aerospace to turn your aircraft ideas into reality.
Our engineering staff manages a wide range of design, testing, and certification projects. At Malibu Aerospace, we craft interior component design, engine and accessory modification, and major airframe and systems improvements. We work with Designated Airworthiness Representatives (DAR) and Designated Engineering Representatives (DER) frequently for many services performed at Malibu Aerospace. We also have airworthiness inspection capabilities for conformity inspections, manufacturing inspections, standard or experimental inspections, and export certificates.
Contact us for more information on our DER/DAR expertise.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY...
My 1987 Malibu had already been converted to the 550C engine, but the plane still had major departure issues until I took advantage of Chad Menne's propeller conversion. Flying out of the hot Mid-Atlantic in the summer at gross weight was uncomfortable at best. The 550 engine was of great help, but the two bl...
My 1987 Malibu had already been converted to the 550C engine, but the plane still had major departur...View All Testimonials
Recently, I purchased a 2001 Piper Meridian for use in my business. After going through the aircraft selection and purchase transaction, I can say with total confidence that using Malibu Aerospace was the best decision I made in the process. Chad Menne and the team at Malibu Aerospace are the P46/PA46 type special...
Recently, I purchased a 2001 Piper Meridian for use in my business. After going through the aircraft...View All Testimonials
I've flown six hours the past two days and the plane is doing great. I love how responsive it is to the yoke movements now. I think the greatest improvement is in the engine CHT temps and rate of climb. In the past, I could never get better than a 500 FPM climb past 10,000'. It seemed like it didn't want to go and...
I've flown six hours the past two days and the plane is doing great. I love how responsive it is to ...View All Testimonials
Malibu Aerospace took a PA46 rookie and made him feel like he had owned the aircraft for years. Between Chad Menne who managed the acquisition of the aircraft, Doug Hiltz and his team performing the pre-buy inspection and annual, and Brad Ludlow for orchestrating a great customer experience, I felt like I had the ...
Malibu Aerospace took a PA46 rookie and made him feel like he had owned the aircraft for years. Betw...View All Testimonials
The plane flew like a charm. I did the 65% 70% and 75% power for an hour each as you suggested. Had to use higher fuel setting than usual to keep CHT's below 380 but it was hot out down south. The CHT's were slightly higher than usual as you mentioned. I couldn't believe the engine on run up and takeoff roll - t...
The plane flew like a charm. I did the 65% 70% and 75% power for an hour each as you suggested. Had ...View All Testimonials
I have used Malibu Aerospace for the last 2 years, after determining that my AMO did not have the required capability to properly service my 2004 Piper Meridian. I was tired of trying to source parts more efficiently myself and continually having our mechanics call the MMOPA maintenance line. After an initial trip...
I have used Malibu Aerospace for the last 2 years, after determining that my AMO did not have the re...View All Testimonials
I converted 62CA to a JetPROP in June-Sept 09 and stopped at Malibu Aerospace on the way home from Spokane. Chad stayed late Friday to check several issues and offered to fly me home to South Bend, IN in his plane, while 62CA stayed there awaiting parts. The staff at Malibu Aerospace is outstanding. They respo...
I converted 62CA to a JetPROP in June-Sept 09 and stopped at Malibu Aerospace on the way home from S...View All Testimonials
On November 27, 2010, we lost power at FL180 in our 1995 Mirage, the following minutes were filled with descending to 12,000 ft quickly, selecting an airport to glide into in hopes we would not be faced with a fire. Just thinking about this incident brings back uncomfortable memories of the engine oil sliding up t...
On November 27, 2010, we lost power at FL180 in our 1995 Mirage, the following minutes were filled w...View All Testimonials
Today I flew back from SJC (San Jose Intl) to FNL (Fort Collins-Loveland) at FL250. My Malibu has the TSIO550 engine mod, it's Hgh-Speed Cruise is 32.5"Hg. In the past, I was never able to run at 32.5" manifold pressure above about FL220: the cylinder head temps were right on the red line on my analog gauge...
Today I flew back from SJC (San Jose Intl) to FNL (Fort Collins-Loveland) at FL250. My Malibu has t...View All Testimonials
The cooling mod worked wonders for my 08 Matrix. Unless you know what you're looking for, you won't even notice that the mod was done from a cosmetic standpoint. CHTs dropped by 30-40deg across the board. I think Piper should buy the STC and incorporate it on the line. It's that valuable!
The cooling mod worked wonders for my 08 Matrix. Unless you know what you're looking for, you won't ...View All Testimonials
Hi Chad, Ketti, and Nathan, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for the work you just finished on my Malibu with the TSIO 550C, and 3 blades. I arrived thinking I may have needed some cylinder work on the 720-hour engine. Once we started examining the cylinders, we found worn cylinders, rusted pushrods, pi...
Hi Chad, Ketti, and Nathan, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for the work you just finish...View All Testimonials
LED Lights! The way your LED taxi lights came very handy on my first trip after installation: I was flying into KPDK late in the afternoon, with the sun low on the horizon, directly on my tail. There was oncoming traffic at my 12 o'clock climbing out of KPDK and ATC called him to advise of me. About 3 seconds ...
LED Lights! The way your LED taxi lights came very handy on my first trip after installation: I was ...View All Testimonials
I love my M-5 conversion. I've owned my plane for 6 years. When I got it, I had my 520 rebuilt. As it came time to rebuild it again, I checked out all options. This option made sense on all levels. With 20 plus years of Hindsight, this is what the Malibu wanted to be in the beginning. A little more engine ...
I love my M-5 conversion. I've owned my plane for 6 years. When I got it, I had my 520 rebuilt. A...View All Testimonials