Used Aircraft Guide

June 2000 Issue

Light-Light Twins Compared

From a surprisingly large field, the Cougar, Seminole and Duchess are top picks.

[IMGCAP(1)] After one too many nights in the clag over the mountains or the Great Lakes in a single, you’ve finally decided it’s time for a twin.

Yes, operating costs will be more than twice that of a single of comparable speed and your new twin may not even haul the same load as that single.

However, you want a fighting chance when an engine quits at night, over water, with instrument weather below you. Sounds reasonable to us. But which twin to buy?

Three assumptions here: A $900,000 new Baron isn’t in your future; you’re shopping used. Second, you’re not after a cabin class cruiser to start but a “light-light” twin having fewer than 200 horsepower per side. We’ll treat l...

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