We Are Now Selling Fuel!

After tank upgrades, we are now selling 100LL and Jet A fuels at Montana Diamond Aire.  We have also remodeled our lobby and pilot’s lounge areas.  John Talmage at Montana Diamond Aire is proud to show off the newly decorated lobby and coffee bar at the shop, be sure to stop by when you’re in the neighborhood!

Upgraded fuel pumps make refueling a gas photo by John Talmage Montana Diamond Aire

Upgraded fuel pumps make refueling a gas. photo by John Talmage Montana Diamond Aire

New Aztec Nacelles In final Approval Process

New Aztec Nacelles- In final approval process. This variation covers the hundreds of PA23-250 Aztec Models which are equipped with the factory-installed  or aftermarket Air-Research Turbo-Charging Systems.  Nacelle kits will be available for all Aztec models.  Call or email John Talmage at Montana Diamond Aire for more info. 

Montana Diamond Aire New Aztec Nacelles

 

Montana Diamond Aire New Aztec Nacelles

Cabin Door Repair

Cabin Door

 Montana Diamond Aire offers service and repair for Piper Aztec, Apache and Geronimo cabin doors.  We can replace handles and locks, add child safety locks.  We can also replace worn door panel upholstery.  Please email john@diamondaire.com for info and pricing.

New Aztec Nacelles Update

Sneak-preview of the fiberglass/composite Aztec nacelles. The project is currently in the STC certification-plan approval stage. This aircraft has not been test-flown as of yet but we fully expect these nacelles to perform on the Aztec in the same manner as our previously approved nacelles perform on the 4-Cylinder Apache models.
 
This particular aircraft  is a turbo model but we also have them for the normally aspirated Aztecs. They are a 2-piece design to replace the stock 6 or 7 piece assemblies. The nacelles can be removed in 3 minutes, reinstalled in 5 minutes due to a 100% camloc attachment system and no need to remove the cowl flap section for normal servicing. They feature lower drag and improved engine cooling, along with an improved induction design. We fully expect that Aztec owners will be flying their aircraft with cowl flaps closed in cruise which alone increases cruise speeds by 5-8 MPH.

See Photos of Piper Aztec Tail Removal

We have posted photos of the Piper Aztec tail removal that was executed last week.

Follow this link to view them.   http://rides.webshots.com/album/574596625CLvpNi?vhost=rides

Videos of Piper Aztec Tail Removal

Removing the tail section using a plasma cutter

Removing the tail section using a plasma cutter

The crew at Diamond Aire separated the tail section from the fuselage on a Piper Aztec.  We have posted videos of the operation on YouTube.  We have many parts in stock for Piper Aztec, Piper Apache and Piper Geronimo.  Please visit www.diamondaire.com for more info.

Our New Website

Our Updated Website

Our Updated Website

 

We have given our website a new look!  The updated site is now viewable in all browsers.  www.diamondaire.com

Complete Piper Aztec Overhaul- Paint Application

We are now in the process of  applying the final coats of paint to the Piper Aztec that has been one of our projects for over a year.  The custom paint scheme will be finished within the next few days.

Pre-paint taping

Pre-paint taping

Oshkosh EAA AirVenture

Members of our local Montana EAA chapter are visiting Oshkosh Wisconsin for the annual Airventure fly in. You can see photos of this event at http://www.eaa102.org.

Oshkosh Airventure fly in 2009

Oshkosh Airventure fly in 2009

Complete Piper Aztec Overhaul

 

Piper Aztec Complete Overhaul and Restoration Before

Piper Aztec Complete Overhaul and Restoration Before

 

The Piper Aztec pictured above is currently undergoing a complete restoration and overhaul.  Upgrades will include a new interior, custom paint job, new engines and nacelles, and instrument panel.  We will be posting the final “after” photos of this project once finished.

At Montana Diamond Aire we not only perform complete Piper Apache to Geronimo conversions but all types of modifications and upgrades for Piper Aztecs and Apaches.  Visit our website for a listing of our fully STC’d modifications www.diamondaire.com or email john@diamondaire.com .

Please note the performance chart below for the Piper Aztec if you are considering a twin-piston aircraft purchase.

 
Performance

Piper Aztec

Take-off Distance, 50-foot obsacle (Ft)

1250

Landing Distance, 50-foot obsacle (Ft)

1250

Gross Weight

5200

Useful Load

2150

Max Payload (Full Fuel)

1286/998

Fuel Capacity

144/192

Range @ 65% Power

950/1350

Cruise Speed @ 65% Power (Kts)

180

Rate of Climb (Sea Level)

1490

Single Engine Rate of Climb (Sea Level)

240

Service Ceiling

21,100

Single Engine Service Cieling

6400

Engine/Horsepower

Lycoming 250 Hp IO-540-C4B5

Total Fuel Burn/Hr

26