VERO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 9, 2016 – Piper Aircraft, Inc. was granted a Production Certificate for its new advanced, single-engine M600 turboprop by the Federal Aviation Administration on September 1, 2016 at its Vero Beach, FL. headquarters.
“Being granted the Production Certificate is the latest in a series of significant milestones for this innovative aircraft,” said Simon Caldecott, Piper Aircraft President and CEO. “In June we received the Type Certificate for the M600, an aircraft which promises to redefine comfort and convenience.
On July 12, 2016, our launch customers, Jerry and Jack Wardlaw, veteran Piper owners, took delivery of the very first M600 off the production line. Today, we round out those milestones by receiving the Production Certificate from the FAA. That is a lot to accomplish in such a short time and we are proud of the team that brought it about.”
The Production Certification grants Piper the authorization to produce, flight test and issue airworthiness certificates for the M600 for customer deliveries.
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft.
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 aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
The M600, the most advanced and capable aircraft in Piper’s M-class line up, seats six and is powered by Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A turboprop engine flat rated at 600 SHPThe aircraft has a maximum speed of 274 ktas / 507 km/h at maximum available power settings and has a max range of 1,484 nm / 2,748 km at intermediate cruise settings.
The M600 features the most sophisticated general aviation avionics suite available from Garmin.
The Garmin G3000 offers industry-leading intuitiveness and powerful avionics capabilities. Innovative pilot interface design allows for easy and efficient flight deck management, increasing safety margins and reducing pilot workload.
Ergonomically crafted for the pilot, control of radios, audio and intercom channels, transponder codes, charts, mapping, flight plan entry and system set up have been greatly simplified with the Garmin GTC 570 touchscreen controller.
The dual GTC 570s provide a centralized point of access for the majority of all avionics tuning, selection and data inputs. The M600 has enhanced safety features including Emergency Descent Mode, Electronic Stability Protection, Level Model and Underspeed / Overspeed Protection.
The aesthetics, ergonomics and technologies of the new Piper M600 aircraft redefine comfort and convenience. The M600 interior 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.