David Yeoman

Cessna 195 Guide and Specs : All About The 195 Businessliner

Introduction If ever you search for a definition of class or elegance, the Cessna 195 is the epitome of both. Designed in an era long since gone, Cessna produced the 190 and 195 aircraft immediately post-WWII as their last radial-engined aircraft. A classic design, the 195 had conventional landing gear, a high cantilevered wing, a …

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Piper Colt Guide and Specs : Is The PA-22-108 Best For You?

Introduction As the story goes, it was 1960, and Piper was falling behind in Cherokee production generally and their emerging PA-28 Cherokee 140 trainer specifically. With Piper seeking to compete with the Cessna 150 trainer, a team assembled to discuss a strategy to quickly design a gap filler aircraft until the Pa-140 became available. At …

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Piper Saratoga Guide and Specs : Is It A Reliable Aircraft?

Introduction The genesis of the Piper Saratoga resulted from a hurricane in 1972, whose flooding wiped out much of the Piper plant at Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Also destroyed was the tooling for the then-popular single and twin Piper Comanche. Given Comanche’s were labor-intensive to build, Piper chose to design a new retractable gear aircraft based …

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Cessna 414 Guide and Specs : Is It High Performance?

Introduction There was a time in aviation history when aircraft manufacturers were falling over themselves to serve a seemingly insatiable demand for executive-level light twin-engined aircraft. Reaching fever pitch in the 1980s, Cessna had positioned itself well for the demand, offering light twins for almost every conceivable subsection of the market. The design of the …

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