Piper PA-42 Cheyenne. Specifications. A photo
Piper PA-42 Cheyenne. Specifications. A photo

Piper PA-42 Cheyenne. Specifications. A photo


Piper PA-42 Cheyenne - American turboprop aircraft, designed by Piper Aircraft Aircraft Corporation on the basis of the model Piper PA-31And marketed in the period from 1979 1993 on year.


Photo Piper PA-42 Cheyenne


His first flight of the prototype of the future aircraft Piper PA-42 Cheyenne committed in 1969 year, however, at the initial stage the aircraft is no different from the model Piper PA-31 - exception was only the use of turboprop engines, and soon on the opinions aircraft manufacturers could not bring air great success the ship. Initially, the project was abandoned, however, with the advent of the year 1978 turbocharged model Piper PA-31T, Work on the creation of an aircraft equipped with a turboprop resumed, as a result, model Piper PA-42 Cheyenne was presented to the public in the year 1979, and then almost immediately launched into mass production.


Piper PA-42 Cheyenne photo


As a power plant, the basic version of the Piper PA-42 Cheyenne model used two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41 turboprop engines capable of developing a power (total) of 1440 hp, which was enough for this aircraft to be operated both for the purpose of passenger transportation, and as a transport aircraft (mainly the transportation of small cargoes). Later, the current model was also called the Piper PA-42-720 Cheyenne - which characterized the engine used, and given the fact that the Cheyenne model already existed, the name Piper PA-42 Cheyenne III was also assigned to the aircraft.


Piper PA-42 Cheyenne


Depending on the modification of the aircraft interior equipment, as well as the target of exploitation, on board the Piper PA-42 Cheyenne III can accommodate up to 9 passengers, thus, small size of the aircraft subsequently led to the fact that the plane began to operate as a business -dzheta.

In 1988, the basic version of the aircraft was modified - the main difference was a new, more reliable in its performance power plant Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-61, as well as a slightly updated cabin. Since the aircraft was produced on a par with the base version, it was decided to name the modification Piper PA-42-720R Cheyenne III.


Cabin Piper PA-42 Cheyenne


Later, Piper Aircraft engineers have installed a plane two powerful turboprop engine, capable of developing up to 1650 hp, although the name model Piper PA-42-1000 Cheyenne IV assumed that the capacity of the power plant will be 2000 hp The current model is essentially the largest ever issued from corporation Piper Aircraft, however, despite the prospect of possible, the release of this version was discontinued after the establishment of 45 aircraft.

In addition to civil aviation, in special purpose built model Customs High Endurance Tracker, developed specially for the needs of US Customs, as a means of conducting aerial surveillance.

Initially, aircraft Piper PA-42 Cheyenne actively popular with private owners, however, it is impractical and expensive maintenance of these aircrafts have gradually replaced the planes of this sphere of operation - most of them are used today as a means of business aviation and the airlines to implement charter flights and passenger traffic on domestic airlines.


Specifications Piper PA-42 Cheyenne.


  • Crew: 1-2 person;
  • Passenger: 9 people (depending on the modification and completion);
  • aircraft Length: 13,23 m (depending on version).
  • Wingspan: 14,53 m (depending on version).
  • Plane Height: 4,5 m (depending on version).
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 3101 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 1979 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 5080 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 325 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 362 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 4207 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 10925 m .;
  • aircraft engine Type: Turboprop;
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41 (depending on version);
  • Power: 2 × 720 hp (Depending on modification). 


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