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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 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.
Friday, February 1, 2008

The Cessna Buyer's Guide


Which one is right for you?



introDuring the private flying boom in the early ’50s, America fell in love with Cessna Aircraft Company’s high-wing singles. By the mid-’70s, Cessna had built more single-engine airplanes than any other manufacturer (100,000 by 1978). In the late ’70s, production peaked for all new airplanes, including Cessna singles, and then sharply tapered off (the production line was actually dormant from 1987 to 1996).
Saturday, September 1, 2007

10 Sexiest Airplanes


…in the eye of the beholder



10 Sexiest AirplanesOkay, we freely admit it: What started as a simple exercise, to select the 10 sexiest airplanes in the world, has turned out to be one of the most difficult and divisive projects in which we've ever been involved.
Saturday, September 1, 2007

25 Great Aviation Websites


Flying the Internet is shifting from a flight of fancy to an icon of information



25 Great Aviation WebsitesAnyone looking to find the facet of flying that has grown the most over the past decade will discover that it’s the part of aviation on the Internet. What began as a mere curiosity some years ago is now a well-established component in most pilots’ lives. Never before have we been able to find so much information about the passion we share.
Friday, December 1, 2006

10 Undervalued Classics




10 Undervalued ClassicsGiven the way that prices on just about everything keep going up, it’s hard to believe there really is such a thing as an “undervalued” airplane. But such a thing does exist, especially when you look back at the older classics.

 

 

 

Sunday, October 1, 2006

10 Cheapest Birds In The Sky


Don't Let Their Low Prices Deter You: These Planes Aim to Please



10 Cheapest Birds In The Sky

As much as those of us in the industry might wish it otherwise, flying is definitely one of the more expensive pastimes. Unfortunately, some pilots simply accept the realities of expensive flying costs without investigating the alternatives. Despite what you may think, there are ways to fly without busting the family budget. True, you won't be aviating at 170 knots in a shiny new A36 Bonanza or Columbia 400, but you can stay in the air for considerably less than the national debt of Peru.

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Ultimate Showdown


Battle of the four-seat speedsters



Ultimate ShowdownContrary to what many people think, there’s little to support the idea that general aviation’s glass is half empty. Examine the last dozen or so years of aircraft development. In that time, at least six single-engine, four-seat airplanes—all capable of cruising near or even well above the magic 200 knots—have emerged.

 

 

 

Saturday, October 1, 2005

25 Bargain Birds For 2005


The aircraft market continually changes, creating new low-cost airplanes for pilots who dream of owning their own plane



25 Bargain Birds For 2005Compiling any list of the 25 best bargain buys in general aviation is almost guaranteed to ruffle some feathers. Our choices aren’t always going to agree with everyone else’s. No matter how much we try to be fair and impartial, our selections have to be at least a little subjective. We’re probably as subject to partiality as the next pilot, even if we’re allowed a broader frame of reference.
Saturday, January 1, 2005

Aviation’s Top Websites




Aviation’s Top WebsitesIn slightly more than a decade, the World Wide Web has gone from being a mere novelty to one of the most important tools available. Now, with a click of the mouse, pilots can access live weather, plan flights with previously unheard-of flexibilities, check fuel prices, find aircraft values, search databases, take virtual tours of museums and study volumes of hard-to-access aviation product information. In the proceeding pages, Plane & Pilot has assembled the best online sites for pilots who are searching for excellent resources on the Internet.
Thursday, January 1, 2004

10 Affordable Classics


Great news for pilots! Look at the airplanes you can buy for $30,000 or less!



10 Affordable ClassicsAffordable classics might seem an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms, but in fact, there are more of them available than you might imagine. Before we could home in on the top 10, however, we had to define exactly what we meant by “affordable” and “classic.”
Monday, September 1, 2003

Project Bonanza Part II


The easy part was done. We had bought an airplane. Now we had to get busy with new avionics, paint and interior to create our vision of the perfect flying machine.



Project Bonanza Part IIOur plan was simple: Choose a relatively economical, high-performance airplane for business and personal trips.
Friday, August 1, 2003

Project Bonanza Part I


By buying a used airplane and weighing its pros and cons, you can settle on a plan to make an “almost” airplane into one that’s “just right”



Project Bonanza Part IHere at Plane & Pilot, we wanted an airplane that had performance for weekday business missions and economy for fun on the weekends.
Wednesday, November 30, -0001

Singles For 2015


Despite the economy, the forecast for singles sales looks bright this year



Singles For 2015Competition is good for everyone, and 2015 promises to provide just enough to make things interesting.