8 thoughts on “Aerostar 702: Still The Fastest

  1. What about wing issues…like wings separating in flight? This was a problem with this model…kind of a scary design issue, don’t you think???

  2. Hi everyone who is interested in this type of airplane I owned a 1975 Super Star 700 and put 1200 hours on it. When I was in training for my Insurance my young instructor at around 12,000 feet pulled the stick to his chest and stalled the wings props to show me how tough the wings were! Well after wiping up underwear after the flight was over I was totally impressed with my plane. After being in several thunder storms and flying it through a hurricane full of trouble I can’t see how you could break the wings unless you fly it between 2 trees! What piston twin has a tougher wing and the speed of a entry jet for the money?

  3. I owned an Aerostar for 16 years, and I never heard of a wing separating except in the case of an engine exhaust system failure where the ensuing fire took out the wing structure. Several mods and ADs have dealt with this by providing tougher exhaust components, routine exhaust inspections, and fire detection systems.

    The wing itself is exceptionally strong and rugged, as is the entire airframe. This is an airframe that was designed to eventually become a jet, and it is extremely solid and rugged. Flying an Aerostar is unlike any other piston aircraft. You have to fly it to understand how solid and rugged it is.

  4. 1. The Piper Twin Engine Plane is the Arrow star -702 model Cr used at 225 Knots An To Speed Of 261 Knots at maxim Speed too! Fastest Twin Engine Air Plane is Record Speed of Piston Twin Engine Aircraft too!

  5. I flew Aerostars for 1000’s of hours at 100 feet off the ground for geophysical survey work in Mexico, Canada, the Gulf of Mexico and the Rockies. They are exceptionally great performers. Roll rate is better than a lot of aerobatic aircraft.

    There are however, a lot of things about the Aerostar that will kill you exceptionally quickly. From takeoff roll to Blue Line, to say this airplane is extremely unforgiving is an understatement. Before the Auxilliary Hydraulic pump, if you lost the right engine, you had to let the prop windmill (turning the crankshaft) so that the gear would come up. Just after lift off, on a 3000 foot strip, this meant rotating, letting the prop spin even if losing altitude until the gear was up before feathering the prop. AC only had to demonstrate that they could climb, Single Engine, with dead engine feathered and gear up. Blue line was just about 10-15 knots above Vmc too if i remember correctly. unless you were taking off from a very long runway, you almost never had a balanced field, meaning at V1, you were commited to go.

  6. An Aerostar 600A was the last of many airplanes I owned and flew. I could never understand its evill reputation. It was entirely predictable with great control response and the airframe was perhaps the strongest of any light twin ever made. I usually flew mine at 65% power, which yielded around 205-209 kts true depending on altitude and weight. I also liked the fact that it was powered by IO-540 Lycomings, which always make TBO or beyond and without a top overhaul.

    In sum, the Aerostar was a class of one. Truly a pity that no one makes them anymore.

  7. I’ve had mine for over 17 years. It was my second airplane and has kept me satisfied for all that time. Tough, fast and simply the best flying twin in the air. People who buy other aircraft have never flown an Aerostar.

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