When Piper made the decision several years ago to forego development of a single-engine jet, the obvious question was “now what”? From significant amounts of customer input, the mandate put forward was that the platform and the powerplant mattered much less than the range/payload profile. The specific profile called for at least 800 pounds in the cabin moving at least 1,000 NM at high-speed cruise with reserves. And if the platform utilized the PA46 airframe, the VMO had to be much higher than its current 188 knots.
The result is the airplane that Piper certified on June 17 2016, with one exception: the new M600 significantly exceeds the mandate. In a nutshell, what you will find is a range of more than 1400 NM with 660 pounds in the cabin, or more than 1,000 NM at high-speed cruise with reserves with 800 pounds in the cabin. And the airplane is operationally much faster because the VMO is 250 knots. The cruise speed settled in at a very respectable – downright fast in some circles – 274 knots. Mission accomplished. Literally.
You will also find the Garmin 3000 avionics system which is currently available only on the HondaJet, two units in the Citation line, and optionally on the Phenom 300. Review the videos below – including Skytech’s M500 Flight Control System and Telephone / E-mail / Text systems – as all of the Loss of Control inhibitors inherent to the M500 are incorporated into the M600. But the M600 also features an automated Emergency Descent Mode. A condensed description of this remarkable feature is that the aircraft will monitor periods of inactivity by the pilot if the cabin altitude is above 12,000 ft., and if it suspects that the pilot has become incapacitated it will ask if you are alert. If you do not respond appropriately, the M600 will automatically descend the M600 to 12,500 feet and wait for you to “wake up” (and, as an aside, the new M350 has the same features).
And those are just the M600’s basics. The warranty is much longer. The radar is solid state and automated. It has an entirely new wing that holds 260 gallons of fuel. The interior is just plain cool. The fuel flows are very similar to the Meridian. The Instrument panel is totally redesigned, as are the crew seats and armrests. The passenger seats are more comfortable. The radar can display its returns over your flight path. It is ADS-B compliant. Approach plates can be on the PFD if you like using a split screen mode. It has touch screens with the ability to manipulate pages as you would your tablet or phone. There is a 3D audio panel (go take a demo and you’ll understand). It is much easier to maintain. And on and on… I won’t take your time to detail what the G3000 does just by itself, but unless you have been flying a Gulfstream G650 lately this airplane will blow you away!
Skytech will have a demonstrator unit by the end of the year and we would be happy to give you a first-hand introduction. Welcome to the new M Class.