Today’s Top Aircraft For Sale Pick: 1975 Beechcraft A24R Sierra

Beechcraft’s Sierra is rare compared with competing models from Piper and Cessna but has unique features that endear it to many pilots.

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.

Today’s Top Pick is a 1975 Beechcraft A24R Sierra.

When pilots get together for long chats, the conversation often turns to training experiences, including the airplanes in which they took their check rides before receiving private pilot certificates. There are Cessna people who trained in 150s and 172s, and Piper people who trained in PA-28s. But there is a third group whose primary training came in fixed-gear Beechcrafts like the Musketeer and Sundowner, which are close relatives of the more advanced A24R Sierra for sale here.

To compete with the likes of Piper’s Arrow and Cessna’s retractable 172s and 177s, Beechcraft improved its basic trainer airframe with more power, retractable gear, and a constant-speed propeller. The changes gave the aircraft extra speed, carrying capacity, and overall utility. Fans of the model point to its roomy cabin and build quality that set it apart from some competing models. The Sierra is known for details such as extra space for six seats and trailing-link landing gear that help smooth out landings. It also sits impressively high on the ramp.

This 1975 Sierra has 4,143 hours on the airframe and 1,620 hours on the engine. Its IFR-certified panel includes a Garmin GTN 650, dual Garmin G5s, a GTX 330 ADS-B transponder, GMA 340 audio panel, Century II autopilot, JPI 700 engine monitor, and King KX 170B nav/com. Paint and interior are original.

Pilots looking to step up to a roomy, economical, four-seat retractable for faster-paced personal or family travel, or to build time in a complex aircraft, should consider this 1975 Beechcraft A24R Sierra, which  is available for $119,000 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Financial Group. 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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