Used Aircraft Guide

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Cessna 414 Chancellor

Sitting between the limited 340 and the 421 with its problematic engines, the 414 may be the most practical of the 400-series Cessnas.

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Parts-bin hybrids with spacious cabins and relatively small, efficient engines, 414-series airplanes can carry lots of fuel or a small crowd with their belongings—but not both. Also, the big Cessnas have safety records that are unmatched by any other light twin.

All told, Cessna Aircraft Corp. built nearly 1000 of the airplanes—roughly a 50/50 split between early tip-tanked 414s and wet-wing 414A “Chancellors”—during 15 years of production. The original intent was for the 414 to be an easy step up to pressurization, and over the years the airplanes have become popular as workhorses for small charter and corporate flight departments, as well as comfortable transports for pri...

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