Piper Aircraft has received US production certification for its M600 single-engined turboprop, paving the way for the US airframer to produce, test fly and issue airworthiness certification for each of the six-seat aircraft that rolls off its production line in Vero Beach, Florida.
Company president and chief executive Simon Caldecott describes the award as:
“Being granted the Production Certificate is the latest in a series of significant milestones for this innovative aircraft. 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.”
Launched by Piper in April 2015 as a development of its M500 entry-level turboprop, the flagship features a redesigned wing, digital fuel management technology and a restyled interior. The aircraft secured US certification in June with customer deliveries began the following month. So far, Piper has handed over three of the $2.85 million aircraft to US-based owners.
Piper says production for 2016 is already sold out, and it is now taking orders for next year and that it will be limiting production to 35 aircraft per year.