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Piper PA-28RT Turbo Arrow

Turbos in light singles are, by and large, not a terribly happy combination; the Turbo Arrow is no exception.

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Saddled with a battered image, handicapped by a powerplant with a nasty reputation, the Turbo Arrow should be approached with caution. But various upgrades and a kind of Darwin effect may have weeded out many of the real clunkers by now.

When Piper hung a 200-HP turbocharged Continental onto the basic Arrow airframe in 1977, the combination looked like one made in heaven, rather than Vero Beach.

It was a perfect match: the world’s premier economy retractable single and a K-Mart kind of powerplant that promised high-tech performance at low-tech prices.

Alas, the engine was finicky, tricky to operate and prone to self destruction. Things got so bad that the National Tr...

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