Used Aircraft Guide

December 2014 Issue

Cessna 310

Cessna's first post-World War II twin has speed, payload and comfort, but can be complicated and pricey to maintain.

Few general aviation aircraft are as iconic as Cessna’s 310. Whether because of its aggressive ramp presence, its supporting role in an old 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. It’s arguably the first “modern” light twin and certainly a classic. While the 310 is all of those things, it’s 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 shouldn’t be hard to find the right one for your mission.

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