The Piper Archer is a single-engine, low-wing aircraft that is safe, sturdy, and ideal for training. At AeroGuard, you’ll use both G1000 and six-pack Archers, allowing you to become acquainted with both types of instrumentation and navigation systems.
Throughout your multi-engine training, you’ll also fly the low-wing Piper Seminole. The Piper Seminole is the “big brother” of the Piper Archer, a more complicated twin-engine derivative of the single-engine aircraft. The aircraft’s commonalities allow for a smooth transition from the simple single engine to the more sophisticated multi-engine, which is noted for its ability to undertake tedious maneuvers safely.
The Seminole is a twin-engine light plane based on the Piper Cherokee. The phrase “twin-engine” refers to the fact that it has two identical engines, one on each wing. Its light aircraft designation indicates that it has a maximum gross takeoff weight of 12,500 pounds or less.
Piper Seminoles were first produced in earnest in 1979, with twin 180 horsepower Lycoming O-360-E1A6D engines. The right-hand engine, on the other hand, is a version that rotates in the opposite direction as the other engine. This implies that if an engine fails or shuts down, the aircraft is much more controlled.
Piper has consistently honed the craft, upgrading the engines, the construction, and releasing numerous variations, including the PA-44-180, PA-44-180T, and PA-44 Seminole DX, as the plane was constructed from 1979 to 1982, 1989 to 1990, and since 1995.
Driven by two O-360-E1A6D or two O-360-A1H6 engines, this is the standard by which all Seminoles are judged.
In this modified Seminole, the “T” refers for turbocharged. The two Lycoming engines’ greater engine efficiency results in significantly improved performance at high density altitudes. The takeoff gross weight is increased by around 125 pounds.
PA-44 Seminole DX
This deluxe Seminole was announced last spring in Germany. The proposed update would see the Seminole equipped with twin diesel engines from Continental Motors.
We’re looking at the PA-44-180 standard Seminole for these.
- Crew – One Pilot
- Capacity – Three Passengers
- Length – 27 ft 7 ¼ in, or 8.414 m
- Wingspan – 38 ft 7 ¼ in, or 11.767 m
- Height – 8 ft 6 in, or 2.59 m
- Wing Area – 183.8 ft² or 17.08 m²
- Standard Equipped Weight – 2,354 lbs., or 1068 kg
- Maximum Takeoff Weight – 3,800 lbs., or 1724 kg
- Engine – 2x Lycoming O-360-A1HA6 air-cooled flat four – counter rotating, 180 hp, each driving a 74-inch two-blade, constant speed propeller
- Cruising Speed – 162 knots, 300 km/h
- Takeoff Distance – 2,200 ft, or 671 m
- Range – 700 nm, or 1,296 ft, or 671 m
- Fuel Capacity – 108 US gal or 409 L
- Extended range (with long-range tanks) – 795 mi, or 1,280 km
- Service Ceiling – 15,000 ft or 4,572 m
Who Else Is a Seminole Pilot?
The Piper Seminole is not just one of the best aircraft for flying schools and cadets to learn on, but it is also a popular choice for air charter firms and is used by thousands of private individuals’ businesses. It is also used by the Royal Jordanian Air Force!