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Piper Cheyenne maintenance

Old 1st Nov 2021, 10:22
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Piper Cheyenne maintenance

Hey team PPRuNe,

I know they aren't to many Cheyennes flying in Australia, but I'm hoping to find a LAME / maintenance shop that has some experience with PA42 or PA31T ... if somebody has an idea or recommendation please point me in the right direction.

Many thanks!
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Old 1st Nov 2021, 12:55
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There were a few based at Essendon, maybe a ring around maintenance operators there might yield some answers, can't offer more than that sorry.
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Old 1st Nov 2021, 14:13
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I think Interair at Essendon has had one for maintenance in recent times.
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Old 1st Nov 2021, 21:38
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Airflite in Perth are the Australian Piper Dealer.

The CASA Aircraft Register shows only 3. One PA31T and two PA42’s. You could try and contact the owner/operators.
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Old 15th Nov 2021, 05:54
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We lost the only Cheyenne 400LS registered here when it transferred to the NuwZulland register a couple of years ago.
I remember as VH-BUR it crossed the country from Geraldton to Port Macquarie non-stop in not much more than 4 hours.
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Old 16th Nov 2021, 21:12
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There was a Cheyenne in for maintenance at Precision Aviation in Griffith just the other day.
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Old 22nd Nov 2021, 23:59
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Mate, there is a long time charter operator operating a Cheyenne lll here in Perth, Central Air is company name.
According to a quick search just now he is still operating, a PA-42 - 720, rego VH-BUW . It was flying out of Jandakot on 19 Nov according to an online trcking site. Try giving him a call and asking where he gets his done. Probably Airflite as someone mentioned if they are the Aust Piper Distributor. Good Luck, Cheers.
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Old 23rd Nov 2021, 00:15
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BUW used to be ISW owned operated by State Wide Air Charter Brisbane who imported it in about 1982
Been a couple of other Aus owners also
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Old 23rd Nov 2021, 06:43
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Off the topic a bit, does anyone remember the details of a Cheyenne that was blown up at YMMB back in the late 80s, owned by a Cathay pilot I think.
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Originally Posted by Duck Pilot View Post
Off the topic a bit, does anyone remember the details of a Cheyenne that was blown up at YMMB back in the late 80s, owned by a Cathay pilot I think.
You mean this one?
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/157082
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Off the topic a bit, does anyone remember the details of a Cheyenne that was blown up at YMMB back in the late 80s, owned by a Cathay pilot I think.
Went on many flights around Oz and one to NZ in the early to mid 1980ís. It was a nice machine inside and out.
If memory serves correctly Malcolm Fraser often flew in TNZ to go to his property in country Victoria even when Prime Minister.
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Old 23rd Nov 2021, 12:46
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Thanks for all the input, gentlemen. I found what I needed.
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Old 23rd Nov 2021, 20:46
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Duck,

Yes I do remember the Cheyenne II that was blown up at Moorabbin! The rego was VH-TNZ and was owned by Peter "Piggy" Smith a "business" man from Tasmania. Pete also owned at Piper Chieftain at the same time. I think he was a printer by trade, not sure. Was well connected to various people that normally would not feature on your Christmas card list.




I was the last to fly the aircraft; just arrived home from Aussie Government charter with eye doctors to Kiribati Islands and surrounds. July - Aug 1988
The aircraft required an Inspection upon return, due for lots of maintenance plus squawks, HF had failed early into the mission, Heater was dead after a few days, Janitrol fuel burning type, VLF Omega had fallen over.
Did a lot of damage to the then Hawker's hangar, a Cessna 340 was severely damaged.
Next morning, police arrived, still unexploded dynamite in one of the exhaust pipes.

The wreckage was taken to a rubbish dump after interested parties were done with it. Interestingly; the engine data plates turned up on a couple of dubious PT6A overhauls out of the USA some years later.

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