The Piper Chieftain is an American designed and manufactured aircraft that's been a work-horse of the Australian aviation industry for over many years. Powered by two 350hp flat-six Lycoming engines, the Chieftain's reliability is among the best in it's class.
For the same reason as with larger airliners, twin-engine aircraft add an extra layer of security and performance. Our Chieftains are equipped with modern avionics equipment including satellite weather information, airborne weather radar and GPS guidance systems. Often seen in the outback completing daily FIFO work or Charters into remote locations like Lake Eyre and Birdsville.
In a bit of a paradox, there's more space in our Piper Chieftain for each passenger than you'd find an airliner. Configured in club (seats facing each other) for seven passengers, you'll be able to stretch out your legs with ease. The aircraft feature leather seating along with full air conditioning and heating. Conversation is also easily conducted in the cabin without headsets. On all of our tours we tend to limit even the longest sector to a touch over two hours - just long enough for you to settle into your seat without getting restless. Whilst we might lack a dedicated flight attendant, every flight is still catered with snacks and drinks available for our guests.
Looking out of the windows, you'll notice that they are much larger than an airliner and wrap around the entire aircraft, providing a panoramic view from every seat. It's this clear view of the horizon that prevents air-sickness and provides are more comfortable experience, not to mention a perfect view of what you really came to see, be it Lake Eyre or the rugged West Coast of Tasmania.
|Engine:||Two 350-hp Lycoming six cylinder TIO-540 Engine|
|Weight:||Empty 1783 kg., Max Takeoff 2948 kg.|
|Wing Span:||12.41 m.|
|Maximum Speed:||260 mph|
NINE SEAT CABIN
The world most popular nine seat aeroplane. The Piper Chieftain is global known for it utility capability.
LARGE DOOR OPENING
Large opening into the main passenger cabin with its 9 seat arrangement, make business en-rout to your important meeting all part of the experience.
NEXT STEP IS A JET
The Chieftain is the largest modern twin engine aircraft available for charter. Need bigger than this and your into Turboprops and Jets.
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