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.
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.
Proving that good things come to those who wait, ICON Aircraft just announced that they’ve completed their first production aircraft for a customer, with regular aircraft deliveries starting this summer after FAA acceptance.
Flight Design SPECIFICATIONS Base price: $156,000 (CTLS) $167,700 (CTLSi) Engine: Rotax 912 ULS (carbureted) or 912 iS (fuel-injected) Power: 100 hp Length: 21 ft. 5 in. Height: 8 ft. 6 in. Wingspan: 31 ft. 2 in. Wing Area (sq. ft.): 121.6 Aspect Ratio: 7.29:1 Cabin Width (in.): 49 Empty Weight (lbs.): 795 Gross Weight (lbs.): more »