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Best Buys on General Aviation Aircraft

There are tons of light-sport aircraft for sale on the market.  Read about the best buys in general aviation planes as well as the most undervalued aircraft.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

LSA Buyer’s Guide 2013


More new models, tighter FAA regulation and budget birds!



LSA Buyer’s Guide 2013Perhaps the biggest LSA (light-sport aircraft) story this year invokes the letters FAA (the Federal Aviation Administration).
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Piston Twins Buyer's Guide 2013


A rundown of the five aircraft in the market



Piston Twins Buyer's Guide 2013Piston twins have gradually dwindled down to a precious few. Back in general aviation's mod
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Piston Singles Buyer's Guide 2013


You want it, you got it: trainers, cross-country haulers, bush planes and more!



Piston Singles Buyer's Guide 2013The good news for 2013 is that a new model was added to the production ranks late in 2012.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Lure Of The Backcountry


Visiting a world only pilots know



The Lure Of The BackcountryHiding far beneath the surface of aviation's well-known conservative demeanor are those who find their flying excitement off the beaten path.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Top 20 LSA


Celebrating quality, innovation and endurance



Top 20 LSAThe sky isn't falling on the LSA phenomenon, though daily reports of global financial megadoom continue apace.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dream Machines


A turbine-aircraft buyer’s guide



Dream MachinesWhether you're just one lottery ticket away from your dream machine or you've got cash burning a hole in your pocket, turbine power is the ultimate way to go.
Monday, December 5, 2011

Piston Twins Buyer's Guide 2012


Five aircraft round out the piston-twin selection



Piston Twins Buyer's Guide 2012Back in the '70s and '80s, there were nearly two dozen twins on the market.
Monday, December 5, 2011

Piston Singles Buyer’s Guide 2012


Which aircraft is best for you?



Piston Singles Buyer’s Guide 2012Despite what some folks believed was a down economy for piston aircraft, there are still nearly four dozen models on the market, and all 11 manufacturers seem to be standing strong against the recession.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

10 Sexiest Airplanes


More than mere machines



10 Sexiest AirplanesWe thought we were doing something really clever when we came up with the "10 Sexiest Airplanes" idea. It wasn't until we delved into making up the list that we came face-to-face with the need to define the term "sexy."
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Getting Creative: 10 Ways To Fly For Less


Flying doesn’t have to leave your wallet empty



Getting Creative: 10 Ways To Fly For LessFlying is expensive. In fact, recent initiatives by the FAA and AOPA list the cost of flying as one of the reasons people either opt not to learn to fly, or stop taking lessons once they start.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Buy To Fly


Rent versus own: What’s best for you?



Buy To FlyHello, can I schedule a lesson for Friday afternoon? No? You don’t have an airplane available?
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Choose Your Own Adventure


A look at the best aircraft for backcountry exploration



Choose Your Own AdventureSo, you just hit the lottery for a half-million bucks (after tax). This sounds like a big deal, except that it’s redundant because your spouse hit it last week for 10 million.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Choosing A Six-Seater


All-inclusive guide to fixed, retractable, single and twin six-seaters



Choosing A Six-SeaterIf it’s really true that buyers of four-seat airplanes often buy two seats more than they need, the same may not be true of purchasers in the six-place class.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Four-Seater Buyer's Guide


20 new aircraft to choose from



Four-Seater Buyer's GuideFour-seat airplanes have always been the most popular configuration in general aviation.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Putting The Adventure Back In Aviation


Top airplanes, gear and schools for a different kind of flying



Putting The Adventure Back In Aviation“Adventure”—now there’s a word that’s open to interpretation. In fact, the phrase “adventure aviation” may seem redundant to most people because aviation itself usually is seen as an adventure.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Most Affordable Singles


We examine some of the best buys In general aviation



The Most Affordable SinglesWhile our last buyer’s guide [“Buyer’s Mini-Guide To Four-Seat Singles,” P&P April 2010] included a smorgasbord of new airplanes, this one deals with used aircraft and draws from an even wider field.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Top 20 Tips For Buying An Airplane


Preparation is the key to getting a great deal in today’s buyer’s market



Top 20 Tips For Buying An AirplaneThere’s no feeling that matches that of buying an airplane.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Buyer’s Mini-Guide To Four-Seat Singles


Four-place singles always have been the measuring stick of the industry



Buyer’s Mini-Guide To Four-Seat SinglesTraditional wisdom has it that most light airplane buyers purchase two seats more than they need.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Hottest Four Seaters


A look at new fixed-gear, four-seat singles



The Hottest Four SeatersIf you’re looking to purchase a four-seat single, then you’ve got no shortage of models to select from. Aside from price range, the models encompass a wide variety of performance capabilities and equipment.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008

LSA Buyer’s Guide


Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or Fudge-Ribbon Granola-Mocha Delight? How’s a pilot to choose which bird to buy?



LSA Buyer’s Guide As a prospective LSA owner, you might justifiably conclude that once you’ve made the crucial decision to buy an aircraft, the most difficult decision is behind you, yes? To quote Comrade Putin: Nyet!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Choosing A Six-Seat Single


Efficiency, comfort, modern technology and so much more



In our current era of financial belt-tightening, efficiency counts for a lot. Vero Beach and Wichita are really getting it right with their newest batch of six-seat singles. Why? Because today’s six-seat singles offer a great combination of comfort, baggage capacity, speed, ease of flying and modern technology for people who need to cover a typical 250-mile stage length with four to six passengers and a lot of luggage.
Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Day Of The Personal Jet


No one can guess if the personal jet market will be as robust as many entrepreneurs think, but here’s a look at the current and projected crop of contenders



personal jetsIt’s a new world. VLJs and personal jets are on their way. Despite naysayer predictions, Eclipse Aviation is actively marketing its model 500 twin jet, with more than 100 aircraft completed and 50 delivered (as of mid-February), and there are at least another 10 models of small jets set to debut in the next three years.