Used Aircraft Guide
The new Commander Aircraft is hanging on, despite not selling very many of its luxurious singles.
Despite the best efforts of the marketing department some airplanes suffer the scourge of being known for their weakest traits. Cessna’s Cardinal, for example, is underpowered; Mooney 231s have gimpy engines; Aerostars are widowmakers and maintenance nightmares.
Never mind that the sins of the rollout models are often atoned by post-production fixes, potential buyers remember the worst and move on. The Commander 112/114 series cross to bear has always been speed, or lack thereof. When Rockwell got into the light airplane business in 1972, its aim was to produce a new airplane that would fly faster and haul more than any other single in the market.
What emerged was a st...
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