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Piper DLX Jetprop

Unread post by BallsOfFire » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:01 pm

Let's get everyone's opinion on the Piper DLX Jetprop airplane a bit? :)
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Re: Piper DLX Jetprop

Unread post by flyboy2 » Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:45 pm

It flies very well, but watch VNE exceedance.
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Unread post by MilesvdM » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:20 pm

Well I've just bought one so my education is about to start. I was fortunate enough to find a locally based one which saved me the substantial inconvenience/cost of the import, ferry, C of A etc. Its a -35 powered one which I believe has advantages over the -42 in the Meridian for an aircraft of this class.

The obvious attractions is the performance envelope of the aircraft being pressurised, turbine powered, radar and known ice equipped and of course relatively quick. Should make for a machine you can use for reliable all weather transport.

The downside is definitely the space up front and the useful load. Both are restrictive.
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Unread post by 87Juliet » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:26 pm

MilesvdM wrote:Well I've just bought one so my education is about to start. I was fortunate enough to find a locally based one which saved me the substantial inconvenience/cost of the import, ferry, C of A etc. Its a -35 powered one which I believe has advantages over the -42 in the Meridian for an aircraft of this class.

The obvious attractions is the performance envelope of the aircraft being pressurised, turbine powered, radar and known ice equipped and of course relatively quick. Should make for a machine you can use for reliable all weather transport.

The downside is definitely the space up front and the useful load. Both are restrictive.
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Unread post by 87Juliet » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:28 pm

and by the way.....
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Unread post by Steve » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:01 pm

MilesvdM wrote:Well I've just bought one so my education is about to start.
Congratulations !!!!

Watch out for the nose wheel....A large percentage of the jetprops in the USA have suffered a nose wheel collapse with subsequent prop strike. (The meridian airframe is different from the malibu airframe.)

I've compared a picture of jetprop (top aircraft) to a meridian (bottom aircraft). Apart from the wing design being different, note the differing position of the nose wheel and you will realise that the nose wheel on the jetprop is under a lot more sideways stress than the meridian.
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Re: Piper DLX Jetprop

Unread post by BallsOfFire » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:35 pm

very interesting
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Unread post by MilesvdM » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:36 am

Thank you.

Nice comparison Steve, and you are indeed correct. This one had itself a nibble of the tar 2 years back.

The picture attached is with the old registration. The previous owner retained the registaration ZS-TWZ for his Commander 1000, the Malibu has been allocated the registration ZS-SWZ now.

The previous owner also upgraded the avionics with the Garmin 600 and the 430/530. Dunno how it works yet, but hopefully it can speak idiot.

Hoping to take delivery today! Excited.
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Re: Piper DLX Jetprop

Unread post by Whirly » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:04 am

Miles,

Congratulations, enjoy this fantastic machine! :D :D

I also lost a nose gear on a Malibu many years ago unfortunately! :(

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Unread post by Steve » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:17 am

Congratulations on your purchase, Miles...stunning machine !!!! Stunning panel too =D> I'm sure you will have many hours of great pleasure flying this awsome machine.

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Unread post by 87Juliet » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:42 pm

What a beast!!!!!
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Unread post by BallsOfFire » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:38 pm

very nice, enjoy every monemt of it :)
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Unread post by 87Juliet » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:50 pm

Fookit, envy is a terrible emotion!
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Unread post by BallsOfFire » Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:01 pm

Anyone know of. DLX or Meridian for sale in RSA?
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Unread post by 87Juliet » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:37 am

BallsOfFire wrote:Anyone know of. DLX or Meridian for sale in RSA?
There is a very nice Meridien for sale...

http://www.aircraftwall.com/index.php?o ... 06&lang=en

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