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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

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Aztec Start Up Video

Check out our engine startup test of our current project- complete Aztec overhaul.

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

Space Shuttle Lauched Delayed For The Fifth Time!

The space shuttle Endeavor’s launch was scrapped again today due to thunderstorms in the Kennedy Space Center area.   We have been in Florida for the past few days and this was our second attempt to view the launch.  The only video that we were able to capture was the Endeavor sitting on the launch pad.  Today’s mission was aborted 9 minutes before lift-off.

We have made use of our time in Florida by visiting Disneyworld and making new friends in the Clearwater area.  Still undecided whether we will make another attempt to view Endeavor’s launch on Wednesday evening.

Check out these photos of our trip!

In Florida Gator mating season is in full swing so these guys will show up just about anywhere!

In Florida Gator mating season is in full swing so these guys will show up just about anywhere!Mickey and Fred

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

Piper Geronimo Conversion Safety and Stability

Like This Classic Car, a Meticulously Maintained Piper Geronimo Conversion By Montana Diamond Aire Will Provide Safety and Stability For Years to Come!

Like This Classic Car, a Meticulously Maintained Piper Geronimo Conversion By Montana Diamond Aire Will Provide Safety and Stability For Years to Come!

 

When we overhaul an Apache airframe, we completely strip the aircraft inside and out. All of the tail surfaces are removed including the vertical and horizontal stabilizers. We have STC SA2793SW which is a rudder bracket reinforcement, SA4007SW which is a structural improvement parts kit for the flaps and elevators. The whole aircraft is powerwashed inside and out, all surfaces are inspected. The landing gear gets updated (much-stronger) drag links, the tail system attach areas get a doubler added and all new attachment hardware before the tail components are reinstalled. All hoses are replaced, control surface hinges/bearings…all hydraulic components overhauled, all moving parts in the whole airframe get re-bushed or bearings replaced as applicable….the list gets pretty long. In short, we are very thorough with our airframe overhauls.

Montana Diamond Aire has several Piper Apache airframes available for made-to-order Piper Geronimo Conversions.  Order today and we can have you in the air by early 2010!

Please email john@diamondaire.com for more info.  Please visit our website as well www.diamondaire.com

Link to Piper Geronimo Engine Test Pre-Flight Video From Today

We have posted a video from today on YouTube.  We’ll try to get more takeoff video footage tomorrow.