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Piper Cheyenne 3

The Cheyenne 3 first flew at the end of the 1970s, and became very popular throughout the 1980s. The Cheyenne 3 is an upgrade of the Piper Navajo plane, which is driven by piston engines and is not air-compressed. The Cheyenne 3 has two powerful turbo propeller engines designed by Canadian company Pratt & Whitney, each with 720 hp. Additionally, the Cheyenne 3 is air-compressed, and enables flight at a height of over 28,000 feet. The Cheyenne 3 is an improved and more powerful version of the Cheyenne 2, which has smaller engines.

On LIFEAIR’s Cheyenne 3 a few major upgrades have been done which let it perform a large number of aerial tasks.

Passenger configuration

The Cheyenne 3 can fly up to 9 passengers in a regular configuration and lets the company’s clients operate it for special flights in Israel and abroad.

Experimental configuration

The Cheyenne 3 is installed with 6 hard points in the front of its underbelly, on which an adapter pylon was installed that can carry remote sensor systems for experimental flights for research and development purposes. The extra-spacious cabin of the plane enables the installation of several operation racks for systems, leaving enough space for the operators.

Ambulance configuration

The Cheyenne 3 is fully equipped for ambulance flights, including a stretcher and treatment dresser. The Cheyenne’s great speed, combined with its high availability at short notices, make it the most efficient plane for emergency evacuations and medical flights to any destination.


Piper Cheyenne 3 specifications


Aircraft model




Wing Span




Wing area



11,200lb / 5,080kg

2× Turboprops

P&WC PT6A-41


290 kn (537 km/h)


2,463 km


33,000 ft (10,100 m)

Climb rate

2,380 ft/min


6 hard points for 250 kg payload

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