The Piper PA-31-310 Navajo C is a six-seat all-metal low-wing twin-engine business aircraft.
The Piper Aircraft Corporation developed the PA-31 Navajo in the early 1960s.
The first prototype PA-31 flew first on 30 September 1964. The production model PA-31-310, powered
by two 230kW turbo-charged Lycoming TIO-540-A1A engines, entered production in 1967. The model PA-31-310
was developed further and in 1971 model PA-31-310 Navajo B entered production, in 1974
followed by the PA-31-310 Navajo C. Production of the PA-31-310 model ended in 1983,
with a total of 2044 built. Production of the Piper PA-31 ended in 1984,
with a total of 3942 PA-31s in various models built.
The 1980-built Piper PA-31-310 Navajo C s/n 31-8012085 was registered first N325EC in the USA.
On 9 February 1989, registration N325EC was cancelled. On 13 June 1989, the aircraft was registered
SE-ITU in Sweden. Piper PA-31-310 SE-ITU is registered with Lunds Universitet Trafikflygarhögskolan in Ljungbyhed since 18 March 1998.
TFHS - Trafikflyg Högskollan / Lund University School of Aviation (LUSA)
offers a complete Integrated Airline Transport Pilot program including
all elements in the training from flying to theory. The Swedish Air
Force established TFHS in 1984 as the School of Aviation. TFHS operated
next to the F5 Krigsflygskolan (Air Force Flight Academy) at Ljungbyhed
airport in the southern part of Sweden. After the F5 was disbanded in
1997 a number of their PA-31 and SK61 Scottish Aviation Bulldog Srs 101
aircraft were transferred to TFHS. In 1998, the School of Aviation
became a part of the Lund University and is known since as the Lund
University School of Aviation (LUSA). In 2004, TFHS operated six Piper
PA-31 Navajo and eighteen Scottish Aviation Bulldog aeroplanes.
Replacement of the ageing Scottish Aviation Bulldogs in use for the
basic aviation training started early 2005 with the delivery of
five Cirrus SR20g2 aircraft.