TYPE: Six-seat utility transport.
PROGRAMME: First flight (N1326X) 24 February 2003. Announced at EAA Sun 'n' fun at Lakeland, Florida 2 April 2003.
CURRENT VERSIONS: 6X: Standard version, as described.
6XT: Turbocharged version; described separately.
COSTS: Standard, equipped, VFR, US$336,000 (2003).
The description for the Saratoga II HP applies also to the Piper 6X except:
DESIGN FEATURES: Generally similar to Saratoga II HP except for fixed landing gear, deletion of rearmost cabin window on each side and NASA air intake port side of nose.
POWER PLANT: One 224 kW (300 hp) Textron Lycoming IO-540-K1G5 flat-six engine, driving a Hartzell F7663D three-blade, constant-speed, metal propeller. Two interconnected fuel tanks in each wing, combined usable capacity 386 litres (102 US gallons; 84.9 Imp gallons).
LANDING GEAR: Non-retractable tricycle type. Speed fairings standard.
AVIONICS: Standard Garmin International package.
Comms: Garmin GMA-340 audio panel with marker beacon receiver and intercom; GTX-327 digital altitude encoding transponder; Telex 100T microphone; Telex Airman headset; four PS Engineering headsets; and cabin speaker with microphone jacks.
Flight: Dual Garmin GNS-430 com/nav/GS/GPS; GI-106 GPS/VOR/LOC/GS indicator. Optional Premium avionics package adds GNS-530, Meggitt System 55x autopilot with electric trim and altitude preselect and HSI with compass system. DME 450, RCR 650D ADF with 650A indicator and Goodrich Stormscope and Skywatch situational awareness package, optional.
Instrumentation: Garmin GNS-430 MFD.
EQUIPMENT: Options include Premium interior package comprising leather seats, carpet upgrade and Piper Aire air conditioning; super soundproofing; UK lighting package; exterior paint scheme with solid bottom base; and metallic paint.