Used Aircraft Guide

May 2010 Issue

Used Aircraft Guide: Cessna 310

Itís hard to find a more distinctive, macho piston twin. But be especially careful of gear rigging and fuel-system management.

New general aviation aircraft are as iconic as Cessnaís 310. Whether because of its aggressive ramp presence, its supporting role in a television adventure series or its suitability for a wide range of missions, the 310 is what many non-pilots recall when piston twins come up in conversation. Its arguably the first "modern" light twin and certainly a classic. While the 310 is all of those things, itís also a complicated machine, production of which ended almost 30 years ago. The tall landing gear might be thought of as delicate and its systems demanding, both to maintain and operate. But it still offers substantial transportation value, and the many different variants that were built as the model evolved means it shouldnít be hard to find the right one for your mission.

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