Used Aircraft Guide

March 2018 Issue

Piper Saratoga:

The PA-32R-series retracs offer a healthy amount of load hauling and passenger comfort. Strong resale values for good ones reflect a high market demand.

Shop the six-seat, retractable piston-single market and you’ll find three basic choices: Beech’s Model 36 Bonanza, Cessna’s Model 210 Centurion and Piper’s PA-32R series, which is the Lance and Saratoga. At first blush, the Bonanza arguably handles better than the other two while perhaps squeezing out a knot or two over the Centurion. The 210, on the other hand, generally has better short-field performance than the Bonanza and offers an improved hand-flown IFR platform.

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