Designed by Ted Smith, the Piper Aerostar first time flew in 1967 and until today is one of the fastest twin piston engine aircrafts, with cruise speeds from 220 kts. for the earliest 600 models and 261 kts. for the later 700 models.
As an optional Aerostar Aircraft Corporation, the type certificate holder, offers installation of new technology winglets. Aerostar officials report an increase of 3 to 5 knots or cruise speed and improved stall characteristics.
The winglet-equipped Aerostar recently finished an FAA flight test and certification program, and satisfactorily completed all pertinent flight tests.
By Capt. Ivan