Midwest Flyer – Aug/Sept 2016
VERO BEACH, FLA. – Piper Aircraft announced June 17, 2016 that the company’s newest flagship, the Piper M600, has now received type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
On behalf of the FAA, the type certificate was presented to Piper Aircraft President and CEO, Simon Caldecott at Piper Aircraft headquarters in Vero Beach, Fla., by Piper’s FAA ODA Administrator Eric Wright in front of more than 700 guests, including community leaders, Piper Aircraft dealers, suppliers, and Piper Aircraft employees.
“We are delighted to announce the certification of the M600 by the FAA,” said Caldecott. With unique and innovative safety features for the single-engine turbo prop segment, the competitiveness of the M600 is further enhanced by the aircraft’s performance.
Piper Aircraft validated the M600’s performance, safety, function and reliability through extensive ground and flight tests with the FAA. The total flight hours accumulated during development and certification were in excess of 1850 hours using three flight test aircraft.
The M600’s maximum range, originally expected to be 1,200 nautical miles (2,222 kilometers) with NBAA IFR reserves, has been increased to 1,484 nm (2,748 kilometers) at intermediate cruise settings with NBAA IFR reserves. Additionally, the planned maximum cruise speed objective of 260 ktas (481 km/h) has been extended to 274 ktas (507 km/h). The M600 also boasts a Vmo speed of 250 kcas (463 km/h) and a max payload of 1,120 lbs. (508 kg).
The M600, the most advanced and capable aircraft in Piper’s M-class lineup, seats six and is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A turbo prop engine flat rated at 600 SHP. The M600 features the Garmin G3000 – the most sophisticated general aviation avionics suite available from Garmin, along with dual Garmin GTC 570 touchscreen controllers. The M600 has enhanced safety features including Emergency Descent Mode, Electronic Stability Protection, Level Mode and Underspeed/Overspeed Protection.
The aesthetics, ergonomics and technologies of the new Piper M600 features newly styled seats which have been optimized for comfort, as well as enhanced side panels with improved passenger interface. Additionally, three new color palettes have thoughtfully been created with the customer in mind. A comprehensive survey process helped identify the features and attributes that would be most appreciated by both pilots and customers including USB charging ports, executive folding tables, and folding seats.
The 2016 M600 is listed at a competitive price of $2.853 million.
The single-engine M-Class series – the M600, M500, M350 and Matrix – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca V and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Warrior, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world.