Used Aircraft Guide


Piper PA-31 Navajo

Piperís entry into the medium cabin-class twin race offers buyers a variety of configurations...and varying desirability.


In the mid-1960s Piper, flush with success, decided it was time to enter the burgeoning commuter airline/cabin-class twin market with a brand-new airplane. The result was the PA-31 Navajo, Piperís answer to the ubiquitous Cessna 400 series twins.

It was to be based on and all-new airframe, one that was markedly different from anything the company had ever produced: much bigger, with an airstair door to keep passengers happy, and with significantly more powerful engines.

Piper stuck with the formula begun with the PA-28s: Take the same basic airframe and re-swizzle it into as many variations as possible, thus allowing one design to fit many market niches. In all, the PA-3...

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