Aeronautix has requested STC issuance for a 6 place occupancy restriction for the Piper PA-32 and PA-34 series aircraft. The STC restricts the previously certified 7 place Piper aircraft to a 6 seat, 6 occupant configuration making the aircraft compliant with §61.113(i), which states that an aircraft operated under BasicMed cannot be authorized to carry more than 6 occupants. Although many Piper PA-32 and PA-34 aircraft do not have a 7th seat physically installed, and many are configured with club seating which doesn't allow for a 7th seat installation, most of the PA-32 and PA-34 aircraft are certified as 7 place configurations disquallifying them from operation under BasicMed.
The FAA has published guidance on this topic as there are many PA-32 and PA-34 operators that wish to take advantage of BasicMed but are handcuffed to the third class medical due to their 7 place aircraft. The FAA states in Advisory Circular 68-1A that the design approval authorizes the number of occupants an aircraft can carry and that design approval may be altered by means of an STC to restrict an aircraft to carry six or fewer occupants. By installing the Aeronautix BasicMed 6 Place Occupancy Restriction STC your 7 place aircraft becomes a 6 place aircraft and meets the requirements of BasicMed. The STC requires any installed 7th seat be removed with no additional modification to any of the applicable aircraft. Aeronautix expects to have STC issuance by 5/18/2018. See the STC applicability list below to see if your aircraft requires a 6 place restriction for BasicMed operation. Contact Aeronautix for more information or to purchase the STC for your Piper aircraft.
- PA-32-260: Cherokee Six 260
- PA-32-300: Cherokee Six 300
- PA-32S-300: Cherokee Six Seaplane
- PA-32R-300: Lance
- PA-32RT-300: Lance II
- PA-32RT-300T: Turbo Lance II
- PA-32R-301 (SP): Saratoga SP
- PA-32R-301 (HP): Saratoga II HP
- PA-32R-301T: Turbro Saratoga SP
- PA-32-301: Saratoga
- PA-32-301T: Turbo Saratoga
- PA-34-200: Seneca
- PA-34-200T: Seneca II
Note: The PA-32-260 and PA-32-300 should not require an STC for BasicMed compliance as they were certificated 6 or 7 place. However, this is a gray area with some FSDOs and we added the -260 and -300 incase any operators were required to have a 6 place restriction STC.