Piper Aircraft M600/SLS Business Aircraft FAA-Approved For Unpaved Field Operations

Piper Aircraft recently announced that the FAA has approved its single-engine M600/SLS turboprop business model to operate from unpaved fields. (Photo courtesy of Piper Aircraft.)

Piper Aircraft says its M600/SLS single-engine turboprop has received Federal Aviation Administration approval to operate from unpaved fields. All 2022 M600/SLS aircraft starting with serial number 198 are factory-provisioned for the capability with the incorporation of Supplement #5 into the approved Pilot’s Operating Handbook, it says. M600 aircraft fielded between 2016 to 2021 that are equipped with a five-blade propeller can be modified by Piper Kit #88705-702 for the capability.

“The Piper M600/SLS is known for its performance, reliability, and versatility over a wide array of general aviation missions,” says Piper Aircraft President and CEO John Calcagno. “Now, with the addition of unpaved field capability, the M600’s versatility and asset value are taken to a whole new level.”

By Popular Request

Piper says it has also completed kit approval for Canada, the UK, and Europe, and it expects certification in Brazil early next year. The company has received numerous requests from markets around the world for unpaved field operations for the flagship six-seater.

Components in the primary kit include a slightly redesigned nose fork and scissor link that address unpaved field surface inconsistencies, plus a handbook supplement and a small nose gear wheel well plate cutout that lets the nose wheel stow correctly. Piper is running an introductory promotion through November 30th for all M600 unpaved field kits.

The Piper M600/SLS comes equipped with the Garmin 3000 avionics suite with the HALO safety system, which includes the fully autonomous Garmin Autoland system. (Photo courtesy of Piper Aircraft.)

The M600/SLS

Piper introduced the M600/SLS (Safety, Luxury, and Support) to its single-engine M-Class series of business aircraft in October 2019. The turboprop received FAA type certification in May 2020 for the HALO safety system integrated in the plane’s Garmin G3000 avionics suite; HALO includes the fully autonomous Garmin Autoland system. The M600/SLS was the world’s first general-aviation aircraft to receive type certification from the FAA for the HALO system.

The M600/SLS comes with a four-blade Hartzell propeller, but a five-blade propeller is available as an option. The plane is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A engine rated for 600 horsepower. The aircraft has a maximum range of 1,658 nautical miles (3,070 kilometers), a maximum cruise speed of 274 ktas (507 km/h), and a maximum approved altitude of 30,000 feet (9,144 meters).

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Source: Piper Aircraft

Posted On: 11/14/2022 2:42:18 PM