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Piper boosts M600 warrantyPiper boosts M600 warranty

Piper Aircraft boosted the warranty for its top-of-the-line turboprop, the M600, an unusual move based on data that extends coverage for both new deliveries and in-service aircraft.

The Piper M600 single turboprop with the Garmin 3000, flying off the coast of Vero Beach, Florida. Photography by Mike Fizer

The extension, announced in January, means that M600 owners will enjoy warranty coverage up to 1,500 hours or five years, an increase from the original five-year, 1,000-hour coverage based on performance and utilization of the nearly 100 M600s already in service. The first deliveries date to 2016, and the company reported that owners have been making the most of the model’s range, flying longer legs than expected.

“When the M600 was introduced, we offered a warranty program that reflected our commitment to our customers and confidence in the aircraft. That commitment and confidence continues today as we identified an opportunity to increase our standard, factory warranty based on M600 owner's direct feedback and the aircraft's stellar demonstrated performance," said Ron Gunnarson, Piper’s vice president of sales, marketing, and customer support, in a news release. “Simply put, the M600 is delivering on its core value proposition, unprecedented range/payload combined with best in class acquisition and operating costs.”

Piper’s M600 was designed to impress and entered service to rave reviews. The $2.9 million aircraft was made to compete with light jets and other high-end turboprops, and the M600 fleet has already amassed more than 21,000 flight hours, producing enough data to give Piper confidence to increase the original warranty and apply it retroactively.

Topics: Turboprop, Ownership, Maintenance

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