Cessna’s Pressurized, Air-Conditioned 340A Is a Family-Friendly ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

A wide, comfortable cabin and airstair passenger door make this light twin feel more like a small airliner.

Comfort features like a wide, pressurized cabin with club seating add to the Cessna 340A’s appeal. [Courtesy: High Performance Aviation LLC]

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General aviation was booming during the 1960s and ’70s, and like many aircraft manufacturers, Cessna was looking for niches to fill. The company saw an opportunity in the market between its light twin, the 310, and the heavy, pressurized cabin-class 414 Chancellor. The 340 was aimed at people who liked the 310’s performance but wanted a few “big airplane” features, such as more cabin space, pressurization, air conditioning, and an airstair passenger door.

Early 340s came with 285 hp engines, but the 340A was upgraded to 310 hp per side. Many 340s received more powerful engines during overhauls or through conversions from companies like Ram, which offered modifications to boost horsepower to as much as 335. There were even STOL kits available for the 340 that made it an extremely flexible, traveling multiengine aircraft.

This 1978 Cessna 340A has 7,917 hours on the airframe, 1,469 hours on engine 1 since overhaul and 670 on engine 2 since overhaul. Both props have 187 hours since overhaul. The aircraft’s fuel bladders were replaced and a windshield hot plate installed in 2014. The cabin has six seats and the 340A’s useful load is 1,820 pounds. The 340A’s interior was refurbished in 2008 and the aircraft received new paint in 2013.

This aircraft’s panel includes dual Garmin GNS 430W nav/comms, a radar altimeter, weather radar, Garmin GTX 345 transponder, Garmin GMA 340 audio panel, and an Insight graphic engine monitor.

If you are looking for a fast light twin with pressurization and other comfort features that give it the feel of a small airliner, you should check out this 1978 Cessna 340A, which is available for $239,900 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email info@flyingfinance.com

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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