The FAA has granted Piper Aircraft a production certificate for the M600 single-engine turboprop.
Receipt of the production certificate on Sept. 1 allows Piper to produce, flight test, and issue airworthiness certificates for M600s for delivery to customers.
The M600 is the new top-of-the-line aircraft in Piper’s M-class family of aircraft that also includes the M500, M350, and Matrix.
The M600 features a wing redesigned for a 90-gallon increase in fuel storage capacity. The aircraft is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A engine rated at 600 shaft horsepower—100 more than the M500’s powerplant. The M600 has a 1,000-pound greater maximum takeoff weight, a maximum full-fuel payload of up to 700 pounds, and a maximum cruise speed of 274 KTAS compared to 260 KTAS for the M500, as AOPA Pilot magazine reported in this September 2016 article.
The 2016 M600 lists for $2.853 million, Piper said.