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Brief History of the Piper PA-31 Navajo


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Brief History of the Piper PA-31 Navajo

The Piper PA-31 Navajo is a twin-engined aircraft and is afamily of cabin-class. The Piper Aircraft designed and built the Piper PA-31 Navajo for the general aviation market, using Lycoming engines. It was a dominant choice back then; however,in 1984, the production of the Piper PA-31 Navajo was ceased because of the greatly decreased of demand all over the general aviation sector in the 1980s.

In 1962, under the project name Inca, Mr. William T. Piper, the founder of the company, commanded and requested that the Piper should begin to develop and create a six to eight-seater twin-engined corporate and commuter transport aircraft. In the year 1964, the Piper PA-31 was officially announced right after its first flight in the same year, dated, September 30.

The Piper PA-31 was described as a low-wing monoplane with a conventional tail, which was powered by two 310 hp (231 kW) Lycoming TIO-540-A turbocharged engines in so-called “tiger shark” cowlings, a feature shared with the Twin Comanche and also the PA-23 Aztec. After several testing, the engines were moved further forward, and the aircraft was addedto two cabin windows on each side of the fuselage. On February 24, 1966, the Piper PA-31 Navajo (named after a Native American Tribe) was certified and recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In 1967,the deliveries of Piper PA-31 Navajo began.

The Navajo family is popular and well-known when it comes to air charter companies and small feeder airlines in almost all of the countries. The company is operated and manned by private individuals.

These are the general characteristics of the Piper PA-31 Navajo:

  • Crew: one or two
  • Capacity: five to seven passengers
  • Length: 32 ft 7½ in (9.94 m)
  • Wingspan: 40 ft 8 in (12.40 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 0 in (3.96 m)
  • Wing area: 229 sq. ft (21.3 m²)
  • Empty weight: 3,930 lb (1,782 kg)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 6,500 lb (2,948 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Lycoming TIO-540-A air-cooled six-cylinder horizontally opposed piston engine, 310 hp (231 kW) each
  • Propellers: Two or three blades, metal, fully feathering, Hartzell propeller


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