This 1981 Piper PA-60-602 Aerostar Is a Famously Fast ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

Swept tail surfaces give the six-seater the look of an arrow, and it flies like one.

The Piper Aerostar is for pilots who believe twins are supposed to be fast. [Courtesy: Kent Cook]

Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at daily.

For a time when I was a kid, I thought twin-engine airplanes could fly twice as fast as single-engine models. While that theory was incorrect, the Ted Smith-designed Aerostar often seemed determined to be the exception. Indeed it is still regarded as the fastest certified light twin. I recall watching them fly over my home when, as a young airplane spotter, I found the Aerostar’s swept tail surfaces, tapered wings, and long nose easy to identify.

A few years back, an Aerostar like the example for sale here became a star in the 2017 Tom Cruise film American Made. While that aircraft showed its ability to haul big loads of contraband, this one certainly would carry family, friends, or business associates in comfort. Its combination of speed and redundancy could encourage an advancing pilot to to fly longer legs over water, mountains, and other forbidding terrain in order to reach new destinations.

This 1981 Aerostar has 5,015 hours on the airframe, 660 hours on each of its turbonormalized Lycoming IO-540 engines since factory overhaul in 2015, and 775 hours since overhaul on its Hartzell propellers. The panel includes a Garmin GNS 530W and 430W GPS nav/coms, GMA 347 audio panel, GTX 330 transponder, GFC 200 autopilot, WX10A Stormscope, Garmin G5 backup A/I, Aspen Pro 1000 MFD and PFD, SiriusXM weather, and JPI 760 engine analyzer.

Other equipment includes high-output alternators, Hoskins fuel totalizer, Davtron M800 digital chronometer, freon air conditioning, known ice equipment, four USB ports, and spoilers.

Pilots looking for a fast, well-equipped twin that is ready for long-distance travel should consider this 1981 Piper PA-60-602P Aerostar, which is available for $289,000 at 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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