Compare the fixed costs, variable cost, and performance of Piper Seneca IV PA34 to over 500 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft, with accurate data from Conklin & de Decker.
Just as the Seminole grew out of the Arrow, the Seneca grew out of the Cherokee Six. The initial version, introduced in 1972, shared the same roomy cabin and “Hershey Bar” wing of the Cherokee Six. The Seneca was designed to replace the 1950’s era Twin Comanche and to also be a lower cost alternative to the Aztec.
Handling of the original Seneca was poor and that was corrected with the Seneca II. Earlier Seneca models had a pair of 200 hp Continentals. Two 220 hp Continentals power the Seneca IV and Seneca III. The Seneca II and IV are essentially the same aircraft.
The cabin, shared with the Cherokee Six, also had a rear passenger/cargo door on the left, which made loading/unloading easier. Gross weight increases in the later models (III and later) and adds significantly to the payload. Handling is predictable and stable.
Seneca IV PA34
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