Frequently Asked Questions
PA-31, PA-31-300, PA-31-325, PA-31-350, PA-31P, PA-31T, PA-31T1, PA-31T2, PA-31T3, PA-31-350, PA-42, PA-42-720, PA-42-1000.
Yes. The Dual Strake Kit does not have any restrictions listed for the STC. Should you have winglets and/or vortex generators, then your aircraft will see the same improvements in flight in addition to any structural improvements the aircraft has already received.
The total weight of the kit without additional painting is approximately 12.2 lbs. Since every Navajo, Chieftain, Mojave, and Cheyenne produced by Piper was built by hand, we find that every aircraft, even within a particular model, is slightly different from one another. With this consideration in mind, we have found that the strakes have a nominal effect on C.G., increasing C.G. (ARM) by approximately 0.003 – 0.005%.
Installing the STC requires a mechanic who has previous experience in aircraft structure and relentless attention to detail, as with any STC you install on your aircraft. We strongly recommend having the STC installed by any of the Experienced Installers List of F.B.O.’s listed on the map in our “Where To Buy” section of this website. We certainly do not want to exclude new F.B.O.’s looking to install our product, so should your F.B.O. be interested in becoming an installer of our product, please have them contact us.
The dual strakes modification is approved by the FAA and EASA. Any F.B.O. in a country outside of the continental United States that accepts either an FAA approved STC or EASA approved STC may install the strakes following the safety regulations of its country. Most countries acknowledge either the FAA STC or the EASA STC including Australia. Click here for more information on EASA SRO member countries.
Provided that you have the STC installed by any of the F.B.O.’s listed as experienced installers, the installation process should take approximately 25 hours. This approximation does not consider additional painting, nor does it consider re-locating antennas or other previously installed equipment, and assumes a two-person install crew.
The strakes are shipped with a coat of standard aviation primer green and once installed are ready to be painted your aircraft’s colors by your F.B.O. For a limited time, we are offering Matterhorn White and Polished Aluminum for an additional fee.