September 2011 Issue
Load Hauler Bargains: Pipers Have an Edge
While not fast, pretty or nimble, six-seat Pipers offer the most used aircraft per dollar in this class. If you can fit, a Cessna 210 will get the load there faster.
Hauling half a ton without feeding two engines is just the ticket for air taxi, small cargo outfits and families of five plus a dog. The number of makes is actually surprising if you look worldwide and count antiques, and itís growing with aircraft like the Piper Matrix, Expedition (Found) Aircraft E350 and Gippsland Airvan. The used market, however, is still dominated by four venerable models that have been around since the '60s: Piperís Cherokee 6/Lance/Saratoga line, Beechís 36-Series Bonanza, the Cessna 206/207 and the Cessna 210. This is likely where youíll find a good deal, although weíre told well-priced six-seaters donít last long, even in this economy.
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