Most efficient piston twin.

ppragman

FLIPY FLAPS!
What do all you guys think. What's the most efficient piston twin for flights of less than 2hrs or so in duration? Just curious.

-pat
 

ChristheCFII

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Well, I was thinking the DA-42 until you mentioned maitenence costs and reputation. We have six and can only keep one or two flying at any one time. Based purely on fuel, the Twinstar will beat any other twin. It cruises at 4.5 gal/hr per side.
 

norcalpilot25

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Id say the Baron and Seneca with the Seneca coming in on top just because it has a lower fuel burn. The Baron is faster though. Both are cheaper to insure then a 300 or 400 series Cessna and the Navajo/Chieftain. The Baron 58 will do 190kts on 26gal/hr where as the Seneca I will do 170kts on 20gal/hr both can seat 6 and fly for 2hrs. If you want efficiency and dont need to fly higher then 10k don't get a turbo model, fuel flows go way up and maintenance is a hassle.
 

SteveC

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Staff member
Also Twin Comanche. I used to run ours at slightly reduced power and get 150+ knots, 15 GPH.
 

ctab5060X

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... a Apache is hard to beat.
What about the Aztec then?

Decent speed, decent fuel burn, and can carry a load quite well when compared to some others.

It is also not that bad when it comes to maintenance, although some parts are getting harder to find.
 
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