Piper Seminole

Piper Seminole plane

Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation adopted the Piper Seminole as its primary trainer in the multi-engine flight training course. These multi-engine aircraft are equipped with Garmin 430, IFR certified GPS with integrated Nav/Comm and moving map capability, Bendix KX 65 Nav/Comm, Bendix King ADF with RMI indicator, and Bendix King electronic HSI. The Piper Seminole provides superior multi-engine training at a lower hourly cost, as well as increased exposure to EFIS configurations.

  • Number in fleet: 7
  • Primary use: Multi-engine training
  • Engine: Textron Lycoming O-360-A1H6/LO-360-A1H6 (180BHP)
  • Fuel capacity: 123 gallon
  • Weight: 2603 pounds (standard empty), 3800 pounds (max takeoff), 1197 pounds (max useful load)
  • Dimensions: 27 feet and 7 inches long, 8 feet and 6 inches high, 38 feet and 7 inches wing span, 183.8 feet2 wing area.
  • Speed: 168 knots (gross weight at 18,500 feet)
  • Stall speed: 55 knots (flaps down: 40 degrees)
  • Cruising range: 770 nautical miles (45 minute reserves at 55 percent power)
  • Max operating altitude: 15,000 feet (two engines, 100 feet per minute)
  • Takeoff distance: 2,200 feet (total distance over 50 feet obstacle)
  • Landing distance: 1,490 feet (total distance over 50 feet obstacle)