The Cirrus SR22 G6 we flew for our report was a loaded 2017 model with the new Perspective+ by Garmin avionics suite with new keypad with QWERTY layout, autopilot controller, numerical array layout and more. Standard or optional equipment include SiriusXM aviation weather and entertainment, Electronic Stability and Protection, terrain and traffic awareness utilities, flight into more »
Plane & Pilot’s lineup of best buys to fit every budget, from $20,000 to $1 million
The search for the perfect plane is as old as personal flying itself. The difference between today and 1930, to use a random year as an example, is that instead of being limited to a handful of models, there are choices galore for pilots looking to get into a good pair of wings. A surge more »
The Sport Cruiser we flew for this report was a customer-owned airplane on loan to the factory. It was outfitted with the Dynon SkyView HDX flat-panel system, the Rotax 912ULS and a BRS whole airplane recovery parachute system. Price As Flown: $180,000 Base Price: $160,000 Main Construction: All-metal Engine: Rotax 912 ULS2 Horsepower: 100 hp Propeller: Woodcomp Klassic 170/3/R, more »
The latest SR22 is fast and slick like its predecessor, but it sports an impressive addition.
The SR22 is the most produced light plane in the world, and many of Cirrus’s sales are to return customers. Cirrus is just really good at adding enough new features to its latest models that a lot of existing Cirrus owners find they just have to upgrade to get the latest cool stuff. The G6 more »
The replacement for G1000 will go into legacy King Airs at first.
For those pilots who cut their teeth on airplanes outfitted with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite, the coming of the next-gen G2000 touch-controlled avionics deck seems a mixed bag. G2000, which is currently installed only in the Cessna TTx, seems a long way from widespread acceptance in light airplanes and like a big change in more »
After more than 10 years in production, this remarkable and too often overlooked single has become the star it was always meant to be.
I sometimes get calls out of the blue asking me for my advice about airplane buying decisions. Sometimes the caller isn’t so much seeking guidance as much as getting confirmation that the decision they’ve already made is the right one: “Yeah, a Cessna 180 sounds like a great airplane for you,” I’ll often concur. When more »
A globe-girdling four-place from South Africa lands in the United States.
You know a designer has confidence in a new experimental aircraft when his first journey following the required home field fly-off is a circumnavigation of the earth. Then, again, the fact that the designer and the airplane are both products of aviation-besotted South Africa may provide a more apt explanation for such a mad adventure. more »
Is the oldest entry-level bizjet still best in class?
I’ll cut to the chase and start with the question that so many people in the market for a first light bizjet ask: Why would anyone not buy a HondaJet? Based on the response of the market, perhaps the biggest reason is the Cessna Citation M2, which while not quite as fast or as roomy more »
The Textron Aviation Cessna TTx we flew for this report was a loaded late 2016 model with the standard Garmin G2000 touch-controlled avionics suite, with the GFC700 digital autopilot, SiriusXM aviation weather and entertainment, envelope protection, terrain and traffic awareness utilities, flight into known icing TKS anti-ice system, and more. Price As Flown: $810,785 Base Price: more »
With delivery delays of at least a year for the ICON A5, we look at five alternatives—four Light Sport models and a cool Experimental—that just might float your flying boat
With the controversy, struggles and delays surrounding high-profile light-sport amphibian manufacturer ICON Aircraft, it’s instructive to point out that ICON isn’t the only game in town. There are several cool LSA seaplanes (among other options) on the market, or soon to be there, that are worth a closer look. Twelve years have passed since the more »
More PT6 power for improved takeoff, climb and cruise
There’s something cool, in a complex way, about sitting in a Cessna Caravan. It’s big and really high up, but feels in so many ways like a smaller airplane, which was the idea that Cessna had when it launched the model in the early 1980s. It’s a study in contradictions, from its oversized 182-style trim more »
How important is speed in an airplane and how much is it worth?
Go ahead, admit it. When you read all of those pilot reports, you skim them, looking for the cruise speed, then go back and read the rest. It’s a natural thing. We all love the idea of going fast. But how fast is fast? And is there such a thing as fast enough?
With more PT6 power and Garmin G3000 avionics, this new turboprop single goes far beyond the Meridian, literally and otherwise
It’s no secret that Piper recently earned FAA certification for its new M600, the next-generation PA-46 featuring an all-new wing and a more powerful Pratt & Whitney turboprop engine installation. I traveled down to Piper’s Vero Beach, Florida, headquarters, situated at busy KVRB on the beautiful Atlantic Coast, to learn more about the new model more »
The airplane we flew for this report was a factory-owned production model outfitted with a three-screen Garmin G3000 integrated flat-panel avionics suite with two GTC 570 touch-screen controllers. Equipment on the airplane included digital color weather radar, standby digital multifunction primary display, dual AHRS and air data computers, Jeppesen ChartView electronic instrument procedure charts, Garmin more »
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.
Don’t let their low prices deter you—these affordable planes aim to please
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.
The airplane we flew for this report was a 2000-model-year 208B Grand Caravan with a Blackhawk-installed Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 turboprop engine with the original avionics and flight instruments, but with new engine instruments, standard with the Blackhawk engine exchange program. TYPICAL PRICE INCLUDING USED CARAVAN: $1.4-$1.8 million ENGINE: Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 POWER RATING: more »