Aircraft Review

June 1999 Issue

Retract Step-Ups: Pre-201 Mooneys and Cessna 182RG

Plenty of choices if you want an entry-level retractable. Pre-201 Mooneys and the Cessna 182RG are top picks.

[IMGCAP(1)] While unloading the family Archer, you watch the hangar neighbor casually lift his gear legs before turning out of the pattern. Turning back to your fixed landing gear, you feel something inside tell you itís time to step up to retracts. Itís okay; your Archer will understand.

The step-up doesnít have to be traumatic but plan on at least $35,000 to get anything serviceable and $50,000 and up for an airframe with decent numbers and good equipment.

For this survey, our goal is a modest, first-time step up; non-turbocharged and cheaper than $100,000. Our sampler includes: The Piper Arrow, Beechcraft Sierra, Cessna RGs and the pre-201 Mooneys. All have good factory suppor...

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