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Aeronautix, a small Mis­souri-based avi­a­tion en­gi­neer­ing firm, has cre­ated an STC for seven-seat Piper PA-32 and PA-34 models that lets own­ers re­move one seat to take ad­van­tage of med­i­cal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­forms un­der Ba­sicMed. Best of all for air­craft own­ers, the STC is free.

FAA reg­u­la­tions stip­u­late that air­craft flown by pi­lots un­der Ba­sicMed can have a max­i­mum of six seats. A num­ber of PA-32 and PA-34 models are cer­ti­fied with seven seats but are other­wise Ba­sicMed com­pli­ant. The STC re­stricts the air­planes to six seats so that own­ers can com­ply with Ba­sicMed, which elim­i­nates the need for pi­lots to visit an avi­a­tion med­i­cal ex­am­iner and ob­tain an FAA med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate.

Aeronautix orig­i­nally charged $500 for the STC, but opted to of­fer the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for free af­ter AOPA in­tro­duced a sim­i­lar STC for PA-32 models that went on sale for $99 to non­mem­bers and is free for mem­bers. The Aeronautix STC is less re­stric­tive than the AOPA ap­proval since it is an AML STC that ap­plies to a longer list of Piper models, in­clud­ing the Chero­kee Six, Lance, Saratoga and Seneca, and can be ex­panded in the fu­ture.

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