||Why Train in the Navajo?
While it's true that most of the light twins you may have trained in for the multi-engine rating have some combination of advanced systems (e.g. complex electrical systems), we believe there are several excellent reasons to do your advanced training in a Navajo.
Most important are the airplane's basic flying characteristics, something often overlooked by the casual observer. Though the Navajo is a very stable platform and has few negative characteristics, it is extremely sensitive to power and configuration changes. Reducing the manifold pressure even an inch or two will require a pronounced trim adjustment, as will deployment of cowl flaps and wing flaps. Changes to prop RPM are also immediately evident, as are CG changes as fuel is consumed. Heavy Navajos fly quite differently than those lightly loaded, and the basic flying inputs change considerable throughout the envelope. Aileron control is light and smooth, but the elevator has a very heavy feel and improper techniques can be quickly identified. Landing is even more challenging, and firm arrivals result from all but the best flare and power reduction combination.
In short, the Navajo flies like a much larger aircraft, with characteristics representative of transport class turboprops and jets. As any airline pilot will tell you, the underslung engines common on most airliners produce significant pitch changes with power changes. Training in the Navajo will ensure your habit patterns are ready for the demands of larger aircraft. The bottom line is that it's not an easy aircraft to fly, and that's the best platform to learn on.
Next, consider the fact that the Navajo is one of the most popular charter and air-taxi aircraft in the world. There are thousands in service and it's quite likely your first career position might just land you in a Navajo cockpit. By training in an airplane you're likely to fly in commercial operations, you'll be building valuable experience in a true cabin class twin, a marketable skill to many operators.
Finally, the AIRXL Navajo has the adverse weather and advanced navigation equipment you'll encounter on any corporate or airline platform. It's equipped with full deicing systems including wing and tail boots, hot props, and a hot windshield. Navigation and avoidance capability includes an IFR approach certified GPS, weather radar, H S I. Full copilot instruments are standard, so there's no need to look cross-cockpit no matter which seat you train in.