The Seminole is a twin-engine light aircraft, developed from the Piper Cherokee. The term, “twin-engine”, means it has two identical engines, one on each wing. Its light aircraft designation means it has a max gross takeoff weight of 12,500 lb. or under.
The production of Piper Seminoles started in earnest in 1979, equipped with twin 180 hp Lycoming O-360-E1A6D. The right-hand engine, however, is a variant, turning in the opposite direction as the other engine. This means that, should an engine shut down or fail, the aircraft is much more controllable.
As the plane continued being manufactured from ’79 – ’82, ’89 – ’90 and since ’95, Piper has continuously honed the craft, improving the engines, the construction and introducing several variants, including the PA-44-180, PA-44-180T, and PA-44 Seminole DX.
Driven by two O-360-E1A6D or two O-360-A1H6 engines, this is the standard by which all Seminoles are judged.
The “T” stands for turbocharged in this updated Seminole. The increased engine efficiency of the two Lycoming engines make for a significantly improved performance at high density altitudes. The takeoff gross weight is raised up about 125 lbs.
PA-44 Seminole DX
This deluxe Seminole was announced last spring in Germany. The proposed update would see the Seminole equipped with twin diesel engines from Continental Motors.