This 1961 Aero Commander 500A Is a Historically Significant ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

With seven seats and updated avionics, this classic light twin offers vintage styling and appeal in an upgraded package.

1961 Aero Commander 500A [Courtesy:]

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Aero Commander twins have long been known as well-built, durable, and versatile load carriers. During the early 1950s these Ted Smith designs helped define the then-new category of light twin civil aircraft.

In 1955 the U.S. Air Force chose an Aero Commander as a personal transport aircraft for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Today pilots find the airplane ideal for transporting family members, friends, and business associates comfortably on long trips traversing multiple states.

Aero Commanders also excel at carrying cargo and are renowned for their versatility and user-friendly handling and systems. Speaking of systems, the aircraft for sale here has an updated panel and other equipment that make it hard to believe this machine is more than 60 years old.

This Aero Commander 500A has 4,193 hours on the airframe, 1,429 hours on its right-side Continental IO-520 engine, and 1,438 hours on the left side. There are 334 hours on the right propeller and 333 hours on the left. Fuel capacity is 156 gallons. The aircraft has heavy-duty landing gear, new starter motors, new alternators, new exhaust headers, mechanical fuel pump and throttle and mixture controls on the left engine, new windshield, and new 28-volt battery.

The panel includes a Garmin 35C remote audio panel, GTN 750 GPS/Nav/Comm, Aspen Evolution 1000 PFD, GTX 345 transponder with ADS-B In and Out, JPI EDM 790 twin totalizer with EGT and CHT, S-Tec 50 autopilot, Bendix/King weather radar, Davtron digital timer, and dual 12-volt USB power outlets.

Pilots looking for a roomy piston twin for family vacations or business travel should consider this 1961 Aero Commander 500A, which is available for $220,000 on AircraftForSale.

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

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