ABOVE: The M700 Fury is Piper’s fastest ever single-engine aircraft
Piper Aircraft has unveiled the latest model in its PA46 line of high-performance aircraft, the Piper M700 Fury: a single-engine, 700 shaft horsepower turboprop.
Piper President and CEO John Calcagno describes the M700 Fury as a “beautifully efficient, cross-country thoroughbred,” representing an “overall value proposition that is extremely compelling to individuals and corporate flight departments alike”.
The Pratt & Whitney PT6A-52 engine gives the M700 Fury a maximum cruise speed of 301 knots, making it the fastest single-engine aircraft in Piper’s 87 year production history. Its maximum range at max cruise speed is 1,149 nm or 1,424 nm at normal cruise speed.
Compared to the M600, the M700 boasts a 32% better climb rate of 2,048 fpm, and reaches FL250 in 13.9 minutes (34% faster than its predecessor). It covers 25% less distance in doing so, burning 25% less fuel than the M600, and can land over a 50ft obstacle with a 26% reduction in runway used.
Airframe changes include a redesigned air intake plenum, new engine mount assemblies and an improved exhaust stack mechanism, while six new interior schemes are on offer. The flight deck includes Garmin’s G3000 avionics suite as standard, with the HALO safety system (and Garmin’s Autoland technology) first certified in the M600/SLS. Garmin’s PlaneSync technology (including a 4G LTE Cellular and Wifi datalink) will also be included.
Piper expects to receive FAA certification before the end of Q1 2024, with deliveries commencing immediately thereafter. International certification for Canada, EASA, the UK and Brazil will follow in the second half of the year.
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