Fixed-gear singles have assumed the mantle that once belonged to retractables. Back in general aviation’s modern heyday, the late ’70s and early ’80s, there were at least a dozen retractable models on the market. Today, there are only two, the Piper Arrow and Beech A36 Bonanza.
Retractables no longer have the cachet they had 30 years ago. It’s significant that all three of the four-seaters introduced in the last 15 years have been configured with fixed gear. The Klapmeier brothers’ Cirrus SR20 and SR22, Lance Neibauer’s Columbia 350 and 400 (now the Cessna Corvalis TTX) and the Diamond DA40 Star are all built with the wheels permanently down and laminated.