Piper Navajo

Aircraft For Flight Simulator X and 2004

This general aviation classic is the most popular cabin class twin engine aircraft ever built. It gives up to ten passengers executive style comfort with club style seating and large windows. The reliable twin turbocharged Lycoming engines provide ample power, cruising at over 200 mph.

Both Navajo Panther and Colemill modification versions are included.
   
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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. 

The Navajo is a durable aircraft capable of operating in and out of even unimproved runways, and a favorite for charter and corporate flying. It's large cabin, fuel economy, and visual appeal make it a favorite of pilots and passengers alike. The Panther conversion increases climb and cruise performance over the basic Navajo.

Colemill Enterprises of Nashville, Tennessee and it's conversions to the Panther raised the performance of the airplane even more. The cowlings and long spinners of the stock Navajo are replaced with a blunter nacelle with deeper inlets. New four-blade Hartzell Q-tip propellers are used from the fatter spinners. The Zip Tip winglets provide additional lift, more stability, and reduce yawing effect in rough air. The Colemill conversion has been well-received by pilots and passengers.

 

 
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.
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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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.

 
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.
 
Recommend 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.

   
Documentation  
You can download several documents and manuals:  
 
Pilot
Handbook
Normal
Procedures
 
Emergency
Procedures 
Totalizer
Handbook
Load Manager
Handbook
Enviro System
Checklist
Fuel
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