Multi Engine, Multi Role: The Piper Seminole. PA-44 is an easy-to-fly twin, which became very popular in the 1970s and 1980s; it is popular for flight simulator fanatics to fly as well.

Manufacturer:
Piper Aircraft
Country:
United States
Manufactured:
1979 to: Present
ICAO:
PA44
Price:
US$0.66 million (2013)

Specifications

Avionics:
GARMIN G1000® NXI
Engine:
2x Lycoming L/O 360 A1H6/ E1A6
Piston
Power:
180 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
162 knots
300 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
55 knots
Travel range:
700 Nautical Miles
1,296 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
16.77 nautical mile / gallon
8.205 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
15,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1340 feet / minute
6.81metre / second
Take Off Distance:
671 metre - 2,201.42 feet
Landing Distance:
454 metre - 1,489.48 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
1,724 Kg
3,801 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
1,724 Kg
3,801 lbs
Max Payload:
540 Kg
1,190 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
110 gallon
416 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
4 seats
Seats - Business Class:
0
Seats - First Class:
0
Cabin Height:
1.2 metre - 3.94 feet
Cabin Width:
1.05 metre - 3.44 feet
Cabin Length:
2.2 metre - 7.22 feet
Exterior Length:
8.4 metre - 27.56 feet
Tail height:
2.6 metre - 8.53 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.15 metre - 3.77 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
11.8 metre - 38.71 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets
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Description

The groundbreaking Piper PA-44 is an American double-engine light airplane many by Piper Aircraft. This is the expansion or advanced model of the previous Piper Cherokee one engine airplane and is intended firstly to utilize for multi-engine flight training. This was build in the year 1979 to 1982, from 1989 to 1990, and has been in production since the year 1995. 

History and Development 

This aircraft was made from the onset with safety in mind. The growing number of double engine-related mishaps as general aviation increased and developed in the middle of the twentieth century. This airplane was made first to be a trainer even if it is kind handling features resulting in it becoming popular amongst those searching for a double-engine kind of aircraft for long-range cruises and those who regularly fly over mountains or waters. 

Amongst the safety features of this aircraft was the integration of two 180HP Lycoming O-360 E1A6 engines. Every engine is rotating counter to each other that provides fantastic airplane stability, and makes sure that no one is regarded as the good engine in case of a failure. Piper PA-44 began production in 1976, and almost 1K has been made to the present day. 

List of Essential Features 

This airplane is armed with state-of-the-art features. Below are some of the best features integrated into this aircraft: 

  • Custom S-TEC 55 autopilot
  • Default GNS530
  • Default G330 transponder
  • Default KX165 NAV2/COM2
  • Custom BK KN64 DME
  • Default KR87 ADF

While this new aircraft was made to be in every pilot’s light twin, the PA-44A did have some superb design features. For instance, it had a unique fuel drain sump style with just two drains for the whole system; both are located on the right portion of the fuselage for fast and simple access. 

Conclusion 

The Piper PA-44 Seminole is considered one of the most excellent overall airplane today from easy maintenance and easy inspection. The fact that this model is still in production at this point, the components are easy to find, and make sure this aircraft is ready on the line once you need to go flying.

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