Used Aircraft Guide

July 2008 Issue

Used Aircraft Guide: Meyers 200

Built like a tank, this four-seat single is clean and fast, and has an extremely loyal user community behind it.

There’s something about the Meyers 200 that doesn’t look like a 40-year-old factory airplane. Its bubble canopy and gently-tapered wings are reminiscent of modern, composite airplanes. Sweep the tail and clean up the cowling a bit, you’d start thinking Lancair had an all-metal retractable. Alas, the Meyers is a product of the late 1950s, with aluminum shells over massive tubular frames and heavy, hydraulic systems. The good news is its construction gives the airframe enormous strength. Meyers’ devotees note that the airplane’s center section required no beef-up when the 200 was transformed into a 300-knot turboprop (more, below). The Meyers can also keep up with just about anything in its class, even many of the current composite-construction speedsters. The only real drawback is a low useful load. Meyers owners find the airplane’s real beauty is in its quality. With few applicable ADs and almost no service-difficulty history, owners of this rare airplane are ecstatic about it.

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