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Old 04-25-2011, 01:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Your view on a Cessna 340??

Id like to hear everyones view on these aircraft. reliable? operating costs? performance? Thanks
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The 340A with a RAM Conversion is a pretty sweet ride, and alittle faster (5-7 kts) than a 414 with the same RAM Conversion.

335 HP engines, VG Kit (increase MAX weight), etc.

You're looking at 200-210kts (depending on altitude), 40 gals/hr at cruise, and depending what fuel tank config you have, a 3-4 hr plane with an hour reserve.

If you're planning on carrying more than just your fam (wife/2 kids) in the plane, it might be better to look a 414 (tip tank model). You get roughly same performance with a larger (wider) cabin.

$400/hr is a good ballpark number.

What's your price range?
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Sounds like a pretty good fit for what Im looking to use it for. 2-3 hour flights with 4 or so people. Whats are the major differences between 340 and 414? Looking to spend no more than 200k
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Sounds like a pretty good fit for what Im looking to use it for. 2-3 hour flights with 4 or so people. Whats are the major differences between 340 and 414? Looking to spend no more than 200k
Mainly the difference between the 340/340A and the 414 (tip tank model) is the fuselage dimensions.

The 414 is a wider and longer airplane, the company I worked for looked at both and the cabin dimensions were what made us by the 414. I would carry myself and up to 5 adults comfortably and be able to go 3 hrs with an hour reserve.

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There are a number of nice ones on the market right now and I would def look at the 414, just because it's a more comfortable airplane.

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I notcied its pretty close to TBO. How much does that usually cost for a 414?
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I notcied its pretty close to TBO. How much does that usually cost for a 414?
You'd probably be looking at $100K for Factory Re-man's (installed). I think you could make an offer of 85-90% of asking price

Fly it for a year and then do overhauls. It has strong running engines and I babied them while I flew it. I had planned on flying up to 100 hrs past TBO as long as the compressions remained the same (which they had been doing for the past 200 hrs).
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[QUOTE=SurferLucas;985537]You'd probably be looking at $100K for Factory Re-man's (installed). I think you could make an offer of 85-90% of asking price

woo thats quite a bill... flying aint cheap
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Be glad you're not doing engines on a 421.
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woo thats quite a bill... flying aint cheap
It's really not (fly cheap...lol, nothing in aviation is cheap!), but realistically you could purchase said airplane and have a 250-275,000 airplane (with fresh engines, low time props, etc) and only be in it 130-140,000 right now and start putting away for overhauls.

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Be glad you're not doing engines on a 421.
I think 421 engines go for 120-130,000/factory reman installed. It's a good bit more than the TSIO-520's.
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The place I work will do your 421 engines for maybe a tad under 200k for both. OUUUUCHHH!
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