Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The Hottest Four Seaters
A look at new fixed-gear, four-seat singles
|20% of Cessna 172 owners own three or more airplanes. For 70% of Cessna 172 owners, their Skyhawk is the first airplane they’ve owned. |
The PA28-180 has always been regarded as the company’s true entry-level four-seater. We’re not sure how it manages another 18 knots of cruise on only 20 additional horsepower, but it’s certainly one of the most docile and forgiving models on our list, not to mention one of the oldest. With a stall speed well below 50 knots, it’s hard to make a bad landing in an Archer. For low-wing fans, the Archer is Piper’s Skyhawk—only the PA28-181 is $50,000 cheaper.
TRUE FLIGHT TIGER
They’re baaaaaack. Roy LoPresti’s Tiger was such a great airplane when it was a Grumman American that it keeps resurfacing under new management. For the fourth time around, a Valdosta, Ga., company is championing the new-generation Tiger, complete with a sliding canopy, sporty handling, a 180 hp engine and a 140-knot cruise speed. At this writing, the price hasn’t been announced, but True Flight hopes to have the airplane back in production by the end of the year. The airplane also may be produced and sold in China, where it’s already certified.
|IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOUR AIRPLANE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? || || |
|AIRCRAFT OWNER COMPARISON |
We surveyed aircraft owners to break down demographics by aircraft type. Figures are averages based on survey responses
|Age (yrs.)||Income||Total Hours Flown||Total Hours Flown Last Year ||Typical Flight Distance From Home Base (nm)|
|AIRCRAFT EXPENSE |
Figures are averages based on survey responses.
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Labels: Aircraft Bargains, Buyer's Guide, Buying A Plane, Features, Piston Singles, Ownership, Best Buys