7 February 2024
Piper Aircraft has announced its fastest-ever single-engine aircraft, the M700 Fury. The aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 301 ktas.
As the title suggests, the M700 has a 700 shaft horsepower (shp) uprated Pratt & Whitney PT6A-52 turboprop engine.
Piper says the aircraft “represents the first step towards a new generation of the M-Class family, outperforming past PA46 models and several competitive aircraft in performance, operational cost efficiencies, and overall value”.
Key performance highlights include:
“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.”
Airframe changes to accommodate the more powerful engine include a redesigned intake plenum that improves ram air recovery, new engine mount assemblies and an improved exhaust stack design said to maximise residual thrust.
Avionics are Garmin’s G3000 touchscreen-controlled glass flight deck, complete with the HALO Safety System (including Garmin’s Autoland technology) that was first certified in the M600/SLS.
Piper says it is first-to-market with Garmin’s remote aircraft status capability enabling owners to remotely check the fuel quantity, aircraft location, oil temperature, battery voltage, the current METAR at the aircraft’s location and more via the Garmin Pilot application.
FAA certification for the aircraft will be achieved before the end of Q1, 2024 with deliveries starting immediately after. International validations for Canada, EASA, the UK, and Brazil will be achieved in the second half of 2024, with customer deliveries in those regions before the end of the year.