Aircraft Review

August 2000 Issue

Heavy Single Versus Light Twin

An in-depth analysis of performance, cost and safety reveals that the major difference is money.

[IMGCAP(1)] Which will it be, a heavy single or a light twin?

Our guess is this question is being asked more often than ever as the Baby Boom pilot population matures and many owners find themselves financially able to even consider the choice.

But the fact is, airplane ownership has always been a step-up game. Start out simple and cheap—a Cessna 172 or Archer—and move up to something sleek and fast.

Eventually, most owners advancing through the ranks will confront the dilemma of whether to step up to a twin from a high-performance single. And this is indeed a dilemma.

Performance and load-carrying of most twins is better than the big singles and thanks to escalating gas prices,...

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