N17MB

Fueling @ 3M7, Lafayette, Tennessee

N17MB is William’s 1966 B-model Piper Twin Comanche (PA-30B) based at Gallatin, Music City Executive (KXNX), near Nashville, TN. 17MB seats four adults (plus two removable seats), cruises at 170mph, burns 17 gallons an hour, and carries 84 gallons of usable fuel.

The Twin Comanche is the second most efficient general aviation light twin, second to Diamond’s DA twin series. It takes William just under 4.5 hours to fly between Nashville and San Antonio, all while burning 10 less gallons than his Tahoe would burn making the same drive but over a total time of about 14 hours.

Mike using the tug to move the Twin Comanche.

17MB was previously owned by former American Airlines pilot Mike, of Music City Aircraft Sales, who still retains 5% ownership and helped instruct William to get his multi-engine rating. Together they have put many miles on 17MB since becoming partners in April, 2021.

William & Mike @ KSPG, St. Petersburg, FL
N17MB is equipped with a Garmin GTN 750 GPS and a Garmin GNX 345 transponder with ADSB In + Out. This setup pairs nicely with ForeFlight for excellent situational awareness.
A rainy departure from Atlanta Dekalb-Peachtree (KPDk).

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Resources:

International Comanche Society PA-30 Twin Comanche POH

Piper PA-30B Twin Comanche POH

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche Service Manual

STEC 40 Autopilot Operating Manual

Shadin Digital Fuel Flow Operating Manual

JPI EDM-760 Digital Engine Monitor Operating Manual

Lycoming IO-320 Engine Operator Manual

PA-30 Twin Comanche Generic Checklist

PA-30 V Speeds