Still in production 60 years after its introduction, the Cessna Skylane remains one of the most popular used airplanes. Here's what to look for in a vintage 182, from 1956 to 2016.
It seems like the Skylane is everyone’s friend. It’s certainly one of mine. The Cessna 182 was the first honest four-seater I flew after earning my license, and I loved it. If you’re like me, you’re probably among the thousands of Skylane enthusiasts. That’s not surprising, as the Skylane exemplifies the primary qualities that have more »
From amphibians to trainers, there's an LSA for everyone.
Since the debut of the Light Sport category more than a decade ago, the segment has grown into one that has proven its promise of opening up manufacturing to many, many more companies by the common-sense easing of certification standards for light and modest-performing models. The real surprise to many has been the incredible variety more »
Newcomers, upgrades, and old favorites: 20 piston singles for 2017.
New to this year’s Plane & Pilot Buyer’s Guide are a couple of airplanes that are major updates of existing singles, as well as an all-new, newly Part 23-certificated model by CubCrafters. The product that continues to dominate the market is the Cirrus SR22 G6, which this year boasts its best panel yet, the updated more »
Looking for a piston multi? You've come to the right place.
The market for multi-engine piston planes isn’t a big one, and the number of options for pilots looking to fly with two mills instead of just one is somewhat limited in number, though not in variety. The selection ranges from the four-seat Piper Seminole twin, which is almost exclusively sold as a training solution with 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 »
When hunting for great value in a used plane, look for those that are under-appreciated
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 »