Piper Aircraft introduced the next generation M700 Fury single-engined turbo-prop (SETP) to the general aviation community on Wednesday.
Powered by a 700-shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-52 turbine swinging a five-blade Hartzell prop, the Fury has a top speed above 300 KTAS, making it the fastest single-engined Piper ever built.
It is approved for operations up to 30,000 feet and will replace the M600/SLS in Piper's M-class range of PA46-based aeroplanes.
"The M700 Fury is a beautifully efficient, cross-country thoroughbred that gives our customers a performance-based flight experience with economics never seen before,” said Piper President and CEO John Calcagno.
“We listened, and we delivered. The M700 FURY encompasses power, performance and the most advanced safety measures available today and an overall value proposition that is extremely compelling to individuals and corporate flight departments alike.”
Piper has placed performance at the heart of the M700, designing an aircraft that out-performs the M600/SLS it replaces in nearly every aspect, including:
- a take-off distance over a 50-foot obstacle of 607 metres (24% better than the M600)
- a range at normal speed of 807 nm
- an initial climb rate of 2048 fpm (32% better than the M600)
- a landing distance of 594 metres (a 36% reduction on the M600)
- a useful load of 1007 kg.
The M700 Fury features Garmin G3000 avionics including the HALO Safety System with Garmin Autoland technology that was first certified in the M600/SLS.
Piper is also first-to-market with Garmin’s remote aircraft status capability enabling owners to remotely check the fuel quantity, aircraft location, oil temperature, battery voltage, current METAR at the aircraft’s location and more via the Garmin Pilot application.
PlaneSync technology also automatically downloads databases wirelessly while the aircraft is powered down and the owner is away from the aircraft.
Piper believes it will have the M700 type-certified before the end of March 2024 with customer deliveries starting immediately after. International validation for Canada, EASA, the UK and Brasil is expected in the second half of 2024.
More information on the M700 Fury is on the Piper Aircraft website.