Piper Aircraft Inc. is one of the well-known aircraft manufacturers to date. The company has been able to produce several models of single as well as twin engine aircraft. To be precise, they manufactured 160 models of aircraft, thereby releasing a total of 144,000 units. Of particular prowess is the Piper Cheyenne, which was first introduced to the market in 1969.
The Piper Cheyenne, or PA-31 aircraft, was specifically noted for its turboprop design and corporate styling. It instantly became a hit in business circles, and served as one of the primary sources of private business travel for executives. The aircraft had the power and class to take passengers around in style and comfort, which certainly contributed to its popularity – even today.
Although the first prototype flew in 1969 as a turboprop version of the pressurized Navajo, the original Cheyenne was produced between 1974 and 1977. In 1978, the Cheyenne I was introduced to the market as a low cost turboprop model that catered to Piper loyalists who wanted to fly one, one way or another. The Cheyenne I was definitely the most affordable model ever produced in this line. The Cheyenne I was actually the first variant of the Piper Cheyenne, but it was much slower than the original Cheyenne, which later became known as the Piper Cheyenne II.
Other variations of the Piper Cheyenne include the Cheyenne III, Cheyenne IIIA and Cheyenne IV. There is also a Cheyenne IIXL, which is a stretched version of the Cheyenne II, and comes with two more feet of fuselage space. Therefore, passengers had a much more comfortable ride thanks to the additional room.
Today, the Cheyenne 400 is the largest aircraft built by Piper, and only 45 units of this model were manufactured. It went back into the factory short after initial release, and was reintroduced to the market in 1974. It lasts to sell well however is very hard to come by because such a small number was originally manufactured.
This 6 to 8 passenger turboprop aircraft has a very high resale value. If you happen to be looking for a Piper Cheyenne aircraft for your business and corporate flights, then you can definitely consider the Piper Cheyenne IV as your aircraft of choice. Not only is it powerful and sturdy, but also roomy, allowing you to have comfortable travel for the duration of your flight. It is quite an attractive turboprop aircraft that can easily be considered as part of the jet family introduced by Piper Aircraft Inc.