It’s no secret that Piper recently earned FAA certification for its new M600, the next-generation PA-46 featuring an all-new wing and a more powerful Pratt & Whitney turboprop engine installation. I traveled down to Piper’s Vero Beach, Florida, headquarters, situated at busy KVRB on the beautiful Atlantic Coast, to learn more about the new model and to be the first journalist to review it. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. I’ve flown the Meridian, the M600’s predecessor, numerous times, including several long, multiday cross-countries, and while I liked the airplane, I was fuzzy on how Piper would add capability to the PA-46-500P, something it truly needed. After spending a day with the plane and the people behind it, my eyes were opened. Here’s what happened.
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