This 1980 Piper PA-23-250 Aztec F Is a Short-Field, Load-Carrying ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

While its high-lift wing is not fast, it gives the Aztec impressive load-carrying and short-field performance.

1980 Piper PA-23-250 Aztec F [Courtesy: Scott MacDonald]

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At least a few pilot friends who have owned several airplanes over the years regularly wax nostalgic when recalling Piper Aztecs that passed through their lives decades ago. They all say the same thing: “I never should have sold that one.”

While the PA-23-250 might not be the fastest or most glamorous light twin, most pilots who have spent a lot of hours in the aircraft say it is fast enough and quite endearing, especially when you have significant loads to carry, need to operate from short fields, or are seeking a stable IFR traveler. The airplane’s docile flight characteristics made it a popular multiengine trainer, while its performance impressed small cargo, charter, and air taxi operators. People say it is difficult to load the Aztec beyond its maximum gross takeoff weight. They also say it flies like a Cub, thanks to a chunky airfoil that produces lots of lift and allows slow approach speeds.     

This 1980 Aztec F has 6,163 hours on the airframe, 322 hours since overhaul on each of its Lycoming IO-540-C4B engines, and 322 hours since overhaul on the propellers. The aircraft is equipped with factory deice boots, hit props, hot windshield, and long-range fuel system.

The custom panel features a Garmin GTN 750 touchscreen GPS/Nav/Com, King KX-155 digital Nav/Com, Garmin GMA 340 audio panel with intercom, GTX 335 ADS-B transponder, Collins weather radar, King HSI, King KFC 200 autopilot, and JPI EDM 930 engine monitor. 

Pilots who want to step up to a light twin that is known for reliability, forgiving handling and load-carrying capacity should consider this 1980 Piper Aztec F, which is available for $289,000 on AircraftForSale.

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