EVERETT, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AeroMech Incorporated (www.aeromechinc.com) announced today that it has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) authorizing Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) certification for select Piper Meridian, M500, and M600 turboprop aircraft. The STC was approved by AeroMech’s FAA STC ODA.
Piper Meridian/M500/M600 aircraft with one of several approved avionics configurations are eligible to incorporate the RVSM STC without a change to the existing avionics configuration provided the aircraft geometry and systems are inspected and validated to the design RVSM specification. Once the STC is incorporated, Meridian operators will be able to utilize the full aircraft performance envelope and fly RVSM flight profiles to the aircraft’s maximum operating altitude. This allows Meridian pilots to gain fuel savings, lower their carbon footprint, increase range, and fly above bad weather. Operators investing in RVSM can expect higher resale values and shorter time on the market when it comes time to sell or trade.
Longtime RVSM proponent and Meridian owner/pilot, Arnold Sperling, M.D., said, “The additional RVSM flight levels will save fuel, extend range, and allow the pilot to find a comfortable cruising altitude over weather. The Meridian now can compete favorably in altitude with the TBM, fly 3,000 feet higher than the JetProp piston to PT6 conversion, and cruise at 280 knots using 260 PPH of fuel. AeroMech showed why they lead the industry in RVSM certifications with their meticulous flight-testing program and innovative approach to certifying the Meridian for RVSM when for years no one would undertake the program.”
The STC will consist of a set of instructions for initial and continued airworthiness (IICA) and an airplane flight manual supplement (AFMS) tailored to the avionics configuration (i.e. Meggitt/Avidyne/Garmin) in the candidate PA-46 airplane. The IICA will provide directions for maintenance professionals to initially validate that the airframe meets the Group requirements for RVSM compliance as well as maintain RVSM compliance over time with annual or biennial recurrent checks. The initial qualifying test consists of a pitot-static system accuracy and leak check, similar to the typical check now but with critical test points added, as well as an inspection of the static port/antenna installation critical area using a special 3-D scanning device. AeroMech will evaluate the test data and if satisfactory will confirm the aircraft meets the requirements for RVSM operation. AeroMech designed the RVSM error budget to maximize allowable variations in the qualification criteria and anticipates that the majority of the fleet will pass initial inspection.
Operators interested in obtaining RVSM are encouraged to contact AeroMech’s wholly owned subsidiary, AMI Aviation Services (www.amiaviation.com), a part 145 repair station with locations at the Orlando/Sanford International Airport in Sanford, FL (KSFB) and in Smyrna, TN (KMQY) just outside of Nashville. AMI was a key player in the Meridian/M500/M600 RVSM flight-testing program, has the proper tools and training, and has immediate access to AeroMech engineering personnel. AMI will also discuss options with the operator to install avionics upgrades or a full RVSM-compliant avionics modernization, such as Garmin G500/G600 TXi, if desired. AeroMech may authorize additional qualified shops pending acquisition/instruction of the skin contour measurement scanner and associated training.
About AeroMech Incorporated
AeroMech Incorporated, an FAA STC ODA (ODA-635882-NM), specializes in aircraft engineering and certification services, including RVSM, for aircraft OEMs, modification shops, and owner/operators. Since its inception in 1995, AeroMech has completed over 175 STCs, 450 flight-test programs, and successfully certified 10,000+ commercial, military and business aircraft through 20 regulatory agencies worldwide. For more information, visit www.aeromechinc.com, email directly to PA46@aeromechinc.com, or contact AeroMech at +1 425.366.7328.
About AMI Aviation Services, LLC
AMI Aviation Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of AeroMech Incorporated, is an FAA part 145 Repair Station (#6A5R818B) offering expert troubleshooting and avionics upgrades at its hangar facilities at the Orlando/Sanford International Airport (KSFB) and in Smyrna, TN (KMQY) just outside Nashville. AMI specializes in ADS-B, Wi-Fi, WAAS LPV, and full or partial glass cockpit upgrades. AMI also has part 21 Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA # PQ4017CE) specializing in the design, fabrication, and kitting of complex aircraft electrical harnesses, structural parts, and avionics systems. Experienced on commercial, military and general aviation aircraft, the firm’s repair station operations specifications allow AMI Aviation to troubleshoot, install, and repair avionics systems in most fixed or rotary-wing aircraft at its hangar facilities or offsite with no geographical limitation utilizing its “Go Teams”. For more information, visit www.amiaviation.com or contact AMI Aviation at +1 407.585.6130.