PA-34 Seneca III TO & Landing Performance Stuff…
Just a quick question but first a shout out to the Forum for a couple things…
First off, Thank You for all your help during the handful of months I’ve been here!
I’ve gotten help on everything from Landing Gear Lights to Insurance Rates, so Thank You!
Second, on a personal note, I recently got a note from another Ohio pilot who saw my posts here. He is interested in purchasing a Seneca and would like to see one up close, we are making arrangements now to get together for a play date so he can look at the airplane and go fly.
I did that myself when I was in my search and it certainly helped me during my hunt for the “Perfect Airplane”!
Enough of that, now the question…
I’m looking at Seneca III performance,Takeoff, Accelerate/Stop and Landing Distance in particular.
Being new on the airplane (<100 hrs. In M/M), I have limited the airports I’ve gone into with 3,000’ being the shortest runway.
I’m looking for some sage advise on going into shorter strips, using Piper Performance Chart numbers and typical Pilot techniques IAW the POH.
I operate primarily at SL to 1000 MSL airports, well below MGWTO and the numbers all say I should fit, the Accelerate Stop numbers being the only ones that are close. In the Air Force /Airline World we called that concept “Balanced Field Length”, an important part of our Mission/Flight Planning.
So I’m just wondering what you guys think and what you have been going into and out of with your Seneca’s?
There are a few Lake Erie Island runways up here that are 1800-2200’ long…too short, just enough or plenty of room??
Thanks in Advance!
Stay Safe, Fly Fun!