In March, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) finally approved single-engine turbine aircraft for commercial IFR operations in its airspace. This rule change makes it an ideal time for U.S.-based manufacturers to bring their new models overseas. Several companies are already in the process of doing just that, with Piper and Cirrus each announcing EASA type certificate approval for their new models at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) this week.
Piper is in with the M600. Counting its new EASA cert, the M600 has received five certifications in less than a year. The six-seat turboprop boasts a 274 knot max cruise and a range of 1,484 nm. The first M600 was delivered last July.
The other newly-EASA approved single-engine turbo is the Cirrus Vision Jet. The Vision Jet, which has a max cruise of 300 knots and a max operating altitude of FL280, is being marketed as a single-pilot jet that fills the gap between high-performance piston planes and very light jets. Deliveries began in December and the line to get one is more than 600 orders deep.
Both models got their FAA type certifications in 2016.
Check out our Piper M600 pilot report and look for the Cirrus Vision Jet pilot report in our August 2017 issue.