A very fine bird, flew like a grand lady, graceful and always polite. Even when she was cranky she was fun to fly.
You could put six people and their luggage in the back, take them in pressurized comfort a thousand miles in the mid-twenties at 260 true on about 325 PPH, and still land it in 2000'.
No one ever complained that they couldn't see this airplane. It was easy to spot.
No one was lukewarm about the paint scheme either. Most people loved it. A few really didn't like it (the guys who bought it had it painted white).
Nice hangar, huh? It's at Hayward (KHWD).
When I was shopping for a new plane in 2001, Martin Michaud said, "I got 2 words for you: 'cabin class.'" The center aisle is a wonderful invention in a "small" airplane.
My 3 criteria were easy: pressurized, potty, and plush. What good is a plane that can go 7 hours on a tank of gas if you're sucking oxygen from a mask, dying to pee, and folded permanently into a seat that's getting harder and harder?
The airstair is equally as wonderful as the center aisle. Wings weren't meant to be means of access to an airplane!
That's the radar dome sitting out there on the end of the right wing. In 2002 Bendix King came out with inflight realtime NEXRAD radar services that appeared as part of the WX package on the MFD. It changed my entire attitude about flying in (actually "around" is a better word) weather.