Used Aircraft Guide

Issue

Commander 114TC

The new Commander Aircraft is hanging on, despite not selling very many of its luxurious singles.

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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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