was originally N8188J, born a 1979 Piper Aerostar 601P on Feb 8, 1979
after 10 hours and 30 minutes of test flight and issuance of a standard
airworthiness certificate. This plane appears to be the first
with the new 3 gauge fuel quantity indication system which was later
mandated by AD for all Aerostars, as it was issued an experimental
airworthiness certificate the same day it was issued its original
standard airworthiness certificate. This aircraft appears to have
been a factory demonstrator for its first several months and 200 hours
N771LB is intercooled with
the low noise signature prop blades, bringing rated horsepower from 290
hp to 305 hp at takeoff. The high compression 601P is unequalled
for its fuel efficiency and speed, and with 210 gal fuel capacity
N771LB has incredible endurance and range. In the 1970's and
1980's, the 601P's high compression engine often had issues with
detonation when operated too lean or with certain maintenance
deficiencies. These detonation issues have all but disappeared
with the proliferation of intercoolers and graphic engine monitors,
bringing the high compression turbo-charged engine formula back into
vogue. With a long-range cruise of 195 knots at 12.5 - 13.0 gph
per engine, this 601P has nearly 7 hours of endurance after a climb to
FL250, with reserves. That translates to 1300 nm range in still
wind! Winter tailwinds averaging 75 knots at FL250 are not
rare, giving this plane 1800 nm range! On the return trip, climb
just high enough to get out of the turbulence and low enough to be out
of the strong jetstream.
This Aerostar 601P is an ideal plane for a someone looking for an
efficient cross country machine. The
intercooled 601P will deliver 225-230 knot performance at 35 gph, or an
efficient 200 knots on 25-27 gph. The 601P engine is very hard to
kill - there is one 601P in the fleet that ran its original engines to
2600+ hours without ever having a cylinder off either engine!
Keep in mind the Aerostar 601P is twin-turbocharged, and most often
flown at 14,000 ft to FL250 with long climbs!
N771LB has been annualed and maintained by numerous Aerostar
specialists over the years. Many of the annuals for the last 15
done by Aerostar specialist Henry Weber Aircraft in Pennsylvania, the
last of which was less than 100 operational hours ago.
This Aerostar is based in
Great Falls, Montana and can be seen by appointment only.
Insurance endorsed transition training and delivery are
available. Please don't
hesistate to inquire with regard to upgrades or customization requests.