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Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six/Saratoga

The biggest Cherokee is a great load hauler, with useful loads approaching three-quarters of a ton—and a huge cabin.

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The Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six/Saratoga comes close to being the epitome of a utility airplane. In the payload/capacity/cost equation, it’s hard to find another airplane that can carry so much for so little. As such, it’s popular with charter and cargo operations, and fills the need well. With six seats and fixed gear, its only counterparts in the marketplace are the Cessna 206 and 207.

As a fixed-gear single, the PA-32 offers simplicity, relatively low maintenance costs (especially when compared to a twin) and low fuel consumption (again compared to a twin). Of course, something must be sacrificed—in this case speed—and the possible safety benefits of a second engine. (The s...

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