Used Aircraft Guide

April 2013 Issue

Used Aircraft Guide: Piper Apache-Aztec

An Aztec may not be cheap to operate, but it’s an affordable buy. The purchase price includes excellent handling and as much as a ton of useful load.

Some insist it began production as the world’s largest flying sweet potato and evolved into Snoopy crouching as he waited for his supper. The original PA-23, the Apache, seemed almost round and had such modest powerplants that single-engine operation could be hazardous—just as with other twins with small engines. The last versions, the Aztec series, by contrast, are capable load-haulers with very good short-field performance.

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