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The Piper Navajo

One of the most enduring and robust general aviation twins ever made is the Piper Navajo. The offers a spacious and roomy cabin with generous seating for  six, a roomy flight deck, and a generous baggage allowance.  The air-stair door set the  Navajo apart from  contemporary, more traditional low-wing twin designs of that day.


The Navajo could best be described as a robust workhorse.  It is a satisfying aircraft to fly if flown  well, and this durable design serves operators well.  From a pilot's perspective it is a pleasant albeit noisy aircraft  to fly.  Flight deck noise levels are quite intrusive at even moderate power settings and few choose to operate the  Navajo without the use of headsets. 

Power plant options available from engine manufacturers are many, as are propeller options.  One such variant is the   Panther modification of the Navajo CR
Colemill version, which one of the two models we offer here.  This visually striking modification  of the venerable Navajo CR features some immediately obvious aerodynamic enhancements in the form of prominent  winglets.  Power plant modifications include contra-rotating four bladed 'Q-Tip' propellers and higher performance 350 Hp  engines with dual magnetos for improved reliability. The engine and propeller modifications, combined with aerodynamic  enhancements, result in an appreciably quieter cabin and usefully improved performance in terms of acceleration,  increased climb and cruise performance. 

 

Although it has been out of production for almost twenty years, the Navajo remains one of the most sought after twin  engine general aviation designs of all time. It has been the focus of much attention and design enhancements by third party remanufactures.

Aerodynamic  improvements and improved sound insulation, and cabin sealing being two areas of interest. The basic airframe offered  considerable scope for comfort enhancements especially as the airframe aged.

 

 

 

 

Several very interesting videos on several of the Navajo variants are available here:

 


Features

 

Unparalleled aircraft modeling, incorporating all of the advanced visual design techniques, including full-feature animation and an unprecedented level of detail from nose to tail.

Ultra-realistic flight dynamics
True asymmetric torque effect
Authentic panel instrumentation and aircraft systems
Persistent damage modeling with repair/cost management
Complete cabin environment controls
9 additional paint schemes available
Complete documentation and checklists.

 


Recommended System Specifications
While cutting edge add-on aircraft such as this will "run" on a system with the minimum specifications outlined by Microsoft for Flight Simulator, the following are minimum guidelines to achieve acceptable performance:
Microsoft Flight Simulator X or Flight Simulator 2004  required
Pentium or AMD microprocessor or higher with 2 GHz MHz + speed and 2 MB RAM minimum
Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit)
Nvidia or ATI Radeon based 3D accelerator video card with full antialiasing and T&L lighting capability and a minimum of 256 MB onboard RAM
SoundBlaster Live or equivalent 128-bit DirectX sound device
Up-to-date DirectX video and sound drivers

Obviously, higher end systems with multi-core processors and 3.0 GHz+ speed  CPU, 2+ GB system RAM and 512+  MB or preferably video RAM will perform much better.





Luxury and Performance

While relatively solid on the controls, the Navajo remains responsive if not  nimble and is stable throughout the flight envelope. The Navajo is a good IFR platform.

In the spacious rear cabin (in low density seating) the noise levels are  appreciably lower and not unpleasant. 

 

Both the standard cockpit and virtual cockpit are faithful representations to their real world counterpart down to the smallest detail.




Aircraft Specifications
Aircraft Dimensions  
Wing span 40' 8"
Length 34" 7"
Height 11' 3"
Weight and Balance  
Empty weight 4,250 lb.
Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) 8,130 lb.
Engines  
Two Lycoming engines
     Left TIO-540-J2BD
     Right LTIO-540-J2BD
Horsepower 350 @ 2,575 RPM ea.
Propeller  
Manufacturer Hartzell
Hub Model Left HC-E3YR-2A
Hub Model Right HC-EY3YR-2AL
Number of blades 3
Altitude Limits  
Maximum Operating Altitude 27,000 ft.
Service Ceiling 28,300 ft.
Airspeed Limitations  
VA-Maneuvering Speed 162 KIAS
VMo-Maximum operating Speed 187 KIAS
VFE-Flaps Extend Speed  

Mid:       

152 KIAS

Full:       

130 KIAS
VLE-Maximum Landing Gear Operating Speed 130 KIAS



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