This one I have found on ebay Germany. It caught my interest because some years ago I was always looking for a nice Arrow III, but couldn’t find one. The benign flight characteristics of my old Warrior in a very well equipped IFR airplane with 200 hp and retractable gear – great!
This is my opinion about the Piper Turbo Arrow III (your opinion may be different)
- Not a Mooney but a sufficiently fast robust travelling airplane and complex trainer
- Cheaper maintenance than a Mooney too
- The classic tail is better. The Arrow IV’s T-Tail had one advantage: protect the pilot from rain. The main reason for the change from the classic tail was that Piper probably “needed something new” and T-tails were the trend back then. When it’s about flight characteristics the T-tail cannot convince: Less pitch control at low speed, longer take-off run.
- Better visibility than in a C-172RG and more “big airplane” feeling
- Very docile in slow flight, almost impossible to get into a stall/spin scenario
- A good looking airplane – in my eyes.
It is beeing sold by a nice gentleman in north-east Germany who agreed that I put it on my site. His eMail is firstname.lastname@example.org . Before you ask, no i do not know the seller in person, and I have only exchaged some eMails with him.
This Arrow III has some details I like:
- Nice paint and interesting paint scheme
- Very well equipped. Highlights: Garmin GNS530, HSI, S-TEC60 A/P with altitude preselect, digital CHT and EGT indication, Fuel Flow, Radar Altimeter (!), Stormscope, GTX330, KN62A DME, KR-87 ADF, Transponder, 4 place intercom
- Low total time with ca. 2900 h
- Very low engine and prop time with 115 h
- LoPresti and Knots2U Speed Tuning (the seller claims 175 KTAS at FL120, but i have no idea if that is realistic). That would actually be almost the top speed of my (normally aspirated!) Cirrus SR22 at that altitude – with 310 hp!
The price: € 95.000. What do I think of that? Well, it’s NOT a cheap Turbo Arrow (you can find Turbo Arrow IV’s for € 40K or even less) – but I think it’s worth that much to somebody who wants a nice, fast and well equipped single engine airplane – or a complex trainer. Of course you can find one for €40K. With a run-out engine and typcial 70’s avionics. But you would spend more than 100.000 Euro to bring it to this level.
How could it be improved even further?
If I bought it and intended to fly it for a couple of years I would think about installing an Aspen glass cockpit and a second Garmin IFR GPS/COM. Another useful improvement and even more important for a high flying and fast turbo piston single would be a semiportable oxygen system.
€ 95.000 is a lot of money, but if the airplane is really as good as i think it is (no engine problems, no corrosion, no former damage, no hidden problems!) then I would recommend this airplane, or even be interested myself. I have not seen a better equipped Turbo Arrow on the used market.