Used Aircraft Guide

February 2011 Issue

Used Aircraft Guide: Cessna 340/340A

A fast, pressurized cabin-class twin thatís still one of the best step-ups from a high performance single.

Although airplanes are often sold as business and transportation tools, the reality of ownership falls short of the ideal. While either lack the range, the carrying capacity or the ability to deal with real-world weather, thus an airline or a charter outfit gets the call. A serious business airplane needs a decent cabin, credible speed and the ability to hack it when thereís ice or thunder in the forecast. Pressurization is nice since clients donít want to spend several hours with a plastic hose stuck up their noses. Family members arenít that keen on it, either. Enter the Cessna 340. Although not without its shortcomings, most notably certain loading limitations and an overly complex fuel system, the 340 is an impressive, flexible and capable airplane.

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