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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Piper Tri-Pacer Guide and Specs : All You Need To Know

Introduction When 9,490 aircraft of a specific model sell in a 14-year production window, you know the designers have got it right. In 1950, the Tri-Pacer leveraged off the success of its much-loved sibling, the Pa-20 Pacer, and went on to become a legend. Until that time, most aircraft produced had a conventional undercarriage arrangement, …

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Learjet 35 Guide and Specs : Is This Business Jet Worth It?

Introduction After revolutionizing the private jet market with the Learjet 23, Robert Lear’s creation went on to have multiple variants throughout the company’s many ownership changes. The most popular and easily recognizable one will forever be the Learjet 35. A sleek and nimble business jet with a small profile, fighter wings, and wingtip tanks, it …

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Cessna 140 Guide and Specs : Is This Lightweight Aircraft Worth It?

Introduction Cessna 140 is a two-seat tailwheel aircraft manufactured by Cessna following WWII. It used the same fuselage as the 120, which is a less expensive form of the 140 that lacks an electrical system, flaps, and extra side windows. When I examined the IAI (Aerospace Industries Association) Aircraft and Aerospace Yearbooks, it was no …

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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 19 History : Is It The Best Fighter Aircraft?

All military aircraft from the famous Russian design bureau Mikoyan-Gurevich earn the model designator of MiG. Founded by Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich in 1939, their design creations bear their last initials joined with the letter ‘i’, the Russian letter for ‘and’. In 1950, the Mikoyan-Gurevich team was tasked to design a replacement for the …

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Piper Archer Guide and Specs [2022]: Is It Right For You?

The Piper Archer is one of the PA-28 family of aircraft, the others being the Cherokee, Warrior, and Arrow. All of them are fairly similar in being low-wing, all-metal, single-engined aircraft with the tricycle landing gear. They are primarily designed for training and private flying. They all have a single door on the right-hand side, …

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