The M500 is Piper’s newest single-engine aircraft in their M-class series. The aircraft which has been in production since the early 1980s will receive several key upgrades. The new M500 will feature Garmin G1000 avionics which is comprised of dual 10-inch PFDs with all the basic instruments and a centrally-located 12-inch MFD that has a movie map display, electronic charts, real time weather and more. Other features include an automatic level mode which will bring the airplane to a neutral position with the press of a button. Included in the Garmin avionics system is the Garmin Electronic Stability Protection. The system prevents stalls and loss of control when the autopilot is disengaged. The autopilot system is a GFC 700 with enhanced autopilot flight control system. Underspeed Protection (USP) protects the aircraft from stalls, while autopilot is engaged by maintaining airspeed at or above the stall. Also featured on the aircraft are the Aspen EFD-100 standby instruments, electroluminescent placards in the cockpit, GTX 33 extended squitter transponder, a centrally-located audio panel, dual USB charging ports, and GTS 825 traffic advisory system. As an optional upgrade, the Garmin GSR-56 global satellite datalink Iridium satellite transceiver is available.