[Avionics Magazine 06-17-2016] Piper Aircraft announced today that the company's newest flagship aircraft, the Piper M600, has now received type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The company 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 1,850 hours using three flight test aircraft.
Piper M600 aircraft. Photo: Piper Aircraft.
The M600 maximum range, originally expected to be 1,200 nautical miles (nm), has been increased to a maximum range of 1,484 nm at intermediate cruise settings with NBAA IFR reserves. Additionally, the planned maximum cruise speed objective of 260 ktas has been extended to 274 ktas The M600 features a max payload of 1,120 lbs.