This 1977 Cessna T210 Centurion Is a Fast, Heavy-Lifting ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

The renowned speedster makes a versatile mount for business and family travel.

The 1977 Cessna T210 Centurion is a speedy load carrier. [Courtesy: OmniJet International]

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When I went shopping for a high-performance retractable piston single that could haul my family around quickly and operate from short fields I began with the Cessna 210. There are many reasons to like these powerful six-seat machines. For starters, they are plentiful on the market and come in a range of versions: with and without wing struts, naturally aspirated, turbocharged and even pressurized.

The 210 is a fairly easy transition for pilots stepping up from trainers—especially for those who trained in smaller Cessnas. While 210s certainly are more demanding to fly, they still feel familiar—a lot like a big, heavy 172.

This 1977 Centurion has 3,983 hours on the airframe, 983 hours since the RAM overhaul on its 310 hp Continental TSIO-520R engine and 983 on the McCauley 3-blade propeller. The engine is equipped with GAMI fuel injectors, Knisley exhaust, and a Tanis preheater. 

The panel includes dual Aspen Avionics EV1000 Pro Max flight displays, dual Garmin GNS 430W GPS/coms, L3 Lynx NGT-9000 transponder, Century III autopilot, and ADS-B with WAAS, active traffic, terrain warning system, and an engine monitor.

Pilots who need to carry more than four passengers and bigger loads than the typical four-seat single should take a look at this 1977 Cessna T210 Centurion, which is available for $239,500 on AircraftForSale.

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

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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