My family is now five people, so we are in the market for a 6-place airplane. Initially, I was considering a 90's A36, but I have found that the useful loads of those planes are not nearly what they used to be (i.e. compared with the late 70's and early 80's models). Ideally, I would like a plane with a 1200 lb. useful load, but could probably get by with an 1100 lb. useful load.
Does anyone know of a good rule of thumb as far as A36 year model vs. useful load? Also, how much does air conditioning typically add to the weight of the plane?