Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche

Twin-engine cabin monoplane

Piper PA 30 Twin Comanche N780AC
photo: Steve Lynes

The Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche was designed and manufactured by Piper Aircraft as a twin-engined cabin monoplane that first flew in November 1962. The twin-engine PA-30 was derived from the single-engine PA-24 Comanche civil utility aircraft. A total of 2,142 PA-30 were built.

Manufacturer:
Piper Aircraft
Country:
United States
Manufactured:
1963 to: 1972
ICAO:
PA30
Price:
US$0.061 million (1965)

Specifications

Avionics:
Engine:
2x Lycoming O- 320
Piston
Power:
160 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
178 knots
330 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
60 knots
Travel range:
1,000 Nautical Miles
1,852 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
18,600 feet
Rate of Climb:
1460 feet / minute
7.42metre / second
Take Off Distance:
470 metre - 1,541.98 feet
Landing Distance:
570 metre - 1,870.06 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
1,690 Kg
3,726 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
1,690 Kg
3,726 lbs
Max Payload:
310 Kg
683 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
120 gallon
454 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
4 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
7.67 metre - 25.16 feet
Tail height:
2.5 metre - 8.20 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.2 metre - 3.94 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
11.22 metre - 36.81 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets
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Description

The Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche was a twin-engine development of the PA-24 Comanche. On November 7, 1962, the aircraft took to the sky for the first time. It was produced at the Piper factory in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania until 1972 when the factory was affected by the flood. A total of 2,142 PA-30s were built. From the 1960s to 1970s, the aircraft suffered several Velocity Minimum Controllable (VMC) loss-of-control accidents. The PA-30 was then planned to be replaced by the PA-40 Arapaho from 1973 to 1974, however, the newer Piper aircraft was not able to proceed with further production.

The Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche can accommodate four to six people in flight. It has an exterior length of 7.67 meters, an exterior height of 1.6 meters, and a fuselage diameter of 1.2 meters. The tail height is 2.51 meters. The low-wing cantilever monoplane has a wingspan of 11.21 meters including tip tanks and a wing area of 16.54 square meters. The retractable landing gear has a wheelbase of 2.3 meters. The aircraft has an empty weight of 1,030 kg and a maximum takeoff weight of 1,690 kg. It has a maximum payload of 310 kg and a fuel tank capacity of 120 US gal with tip tanks.

The PA-30 is powered by a twin Lycoming IO-320-B1A naturally aspirated, air-cooled, four-cylinder, direct-drive engine piston engine. It has an injector offset toward the engine’s fore and aft centerline. Each engine produces a maximum takeoff thrust of 160 horsepower and drives a two-bladed Hartzell HC-E2YL-27663-4 counter-rotating propeller. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 178 knots, a long-range cruise speed of 155 knots, a stall speed of 61 knots with flaps down and power off, and a never exceed speed of 236 knots. The standard travel range is 1,000 nautical miles. The PA-30 can fly up to 20,000 feet and can climb at a rate of 1,460 feet per minute. The takeoff run to 50 feet is 470 meters while the landing run is 570 meters.

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