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Cessna 320

Rvrrat

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For some odd reason I've become enamored of this bird. I've read about the plumber's nightmare of a fuel system, the delicacy of the nose gear and main gear side braces and the warnings about corrosion.
I imagine there are a few folks in here that have time in the 320 and later 310s that might offer comment and would be delighted to hear from you.
 

buzzer

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The best place for this information is at the Cessna Pilots Assoc. website www.cessna.org I think you may have to pay/sign-up in order to log on to the forum there. The 320 is a great plane. For the $$ it's gets you there real fast. It takes more work than some twinns due to turbocharging. They can be had cheap right now due to some expensive to fix problems. If I had one, I would plan on having my mechanic handy.
 

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Nice bird-but I would not like to maintain a turbo charged twin. The 320 has a turbo charged continental 470; the same size engine as the 310. Gets you better true speed up high but nothing but a much larger fuel burn down low. I have a 310C. It is normally asp. with continenal IO-470D engines. I run it 21/ 2350 in cruise and get 172 mph true at 3000 ft or 192 mph at 10000 to 12000 ft. (of course I can't get 21 inches at 10k-12k). I burn 22-23 gph total. I was told by a 320 owner that his plane burns 32ghp total. I would love to have a 320 with cont IO-550's -non turbo and add turbo normalizing or super charge normalizing. Most all turbo engines have a reduced compression ratio and then use boost even at sea level takeoffs. From an effiency standpoint this is really a bad idea. With turbo normalizing boost is used to regain what is lost due to altitude/density altitude so a sea level takeoff would be done with waste gates open. (no boost) while at altitude or when taking off from Aspen or another high density location -boost would be used to get 30 inches map.

If you buy a 310 or 320 have a good prebuy inspection done by a AP-IA that is familiar with the type. This is not a one day prebuy. Check for corrosion in spar and rear spar areas behind engines.

With that said I love my 310. Only wish I has time and money to fly it more.
 
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Thedude

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Personally I would stay wawy from the CE-320 Skynight and go for a T-charged CE-310. Pretty much the sam a/c with some important differences. The main two is a better nose gear setup which goes hand in hand with moving the 02 bottle from the nose (under the Southwind heater) to the rear of the a/c. Its not a complicated fuel system as you refer to, it is like most 310s, just has recirc pumps in the main tanks. Also, most 320s floating around out there have a bunch of SBs that SHOULD be complied with. Believe me I know, had an owner that wanted to put a 320 on a 135 ticket and it took all most a year to comply with all of the ADs and SBs. But on the other the CE310/320 series are relatively fast for the gas they burn and the beautiful part about Cessna products is that they all handle very similarly from the CE-150 all the way up to the CE-550.
My first twin Cessna was a T-303 and it was an interesting as a trainer. Handle well but you had to choose whether you wanted to haul fuel, bags or people.
Cessna, you gotta love em.
 
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