At the same time, the original Cheyenne was renamed the Cheyenne II. Nothing much changed but the name, though many still think the Cheyenne and Cheyenne II are two different airplanes. They aren’t.

There were some cabin changes but that was about it. In 1981, auto-ignition was first offered as an option.

For both individual, corporate owners and people who do Aircraft Charter, the early Cheyennes make sense as step-up purchases, as long as the combination of low price, low maintenance, and high-performance remains in vogue.

If you train for and respect the airplane’s high performance, understand the II’s loading limitations, and look beyond the stability augmentation system brouhaha, the Cheyenne will reward you with pleasant handling, great capability, and classy ramp presence.

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