Piper Aircraft has been awarded approval from EASA for its M600/SLS HALO safety system with Garmin Autoland.
“The European certification is a key milestone for the M600/SLS aircraft, which has garnered substantial interest with the Garmin Autoland system. Additionally, the aircraft features competitive range, payload and safety features along with outstanding acquisition and operating economics,” says Ron Gunnarson, VP of sales, marketing and customer support. “Our customers are looking for the kind of unique value proposition only available in the M600/SLS as well as the peace mind that comes with HALO and the Garmin Autoland system.”
As the global pandemic begins to subside, Piper will launch a robust European M600/SLS demo tour, visiting all its dealer partners as well as key markets later this summer. To date, the M600 SLS has flown more than 100 autoland demos. These demonstrations have already played a key role in delivering 67 Autoland-equipped aircraft in the US market. The first M600 SLS with the HALO safety system and Garmin Autoland will be officially delivered to a European registry in late Q2 of this year.
The Piper M600/SLS with HALO safety system is the first general aviation aircraft certified with Garmin Autoland. The system supports digital technology that safely lands the aircraft at the nearest suitable airport in the event that the pilot is incapacitated. Additionally, the Garmin G3000 avionics suite includes auto-throttle, Autoland, Emergency Descent Mode, Electronic Stability and Protection, Surface Watch, Safe Taxi and Flight Stream 510 all of which are designed to enhance safe operation of the aircraft. Beyond the flight deck, the six-seat M600/SLS is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A 600shp engine. The aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 274 kts, a maximum range of 1,658 nm and a standard useful load of 2,400 lbs.