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Piper Twin-Comanche over Southern Rockies

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I had wished to get the Milviz PA-30 Twin Comanche, but their SALE clock ran out on me. However, I was happy to be able to pick it up today from the JF website's (continued) MilViz products discount. This Piper Twin is a likable (also capable and fast - with service ceiling 20k) aircraft that competed with Cessna 310 and Beech Baron. The aircraft, however, is noted to have initially suffered a string of accidents (its first flight was in 1962) involving loss-of-control in single-engine flight (causes been attributed to both engine-design or/and pilot training). Piper then modified the plane's single-engine behavior which later resulted in the PA-39 version with counter-rotating engines, that significantly reduced the accidents compared to the conventional PA-30 model. So, Piper extended similar engine development to its other light twins. This plane is known to be robust and durable. One Twin-Comanche, on record, was flown twice around the world (in pilot-skilled air-races), the first such U.S. aircraft to do so, which is a testament to its capability.

The Milviz model (true to its era) is said to be for those who would rather fly the plane than let an autopilot have all the fun. Personally, for this flight, I have taken advantage of their (custom-coded) KAP 140 autopilot configuration for basic ALT/HDG control.

Please find, below, a few snapshots of this plane flying on an (early morning) sightseeing tour of New Mexico's northern (Sangre de Cristo) mountain range, which is part of the Southern Rockies. The displayed topography is based on MSE V3 New Mexico, which I recently picked up from their SALE. This flight coverage is from Raton (KRTN) to Santa Fe (KSAF).

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