Piston twins have gradually dwindled down to a precious few. For that reason, it was surprising when a new twin was announced early in 2014. All five certified models from last year are back, plus one more is nearing U.S. production certificate. That’s only about 25% of the general aviation multi-market of the late ’70s and early ’80s, but there will always be a market for multi-engine trainers.
To that end, three of the six airplanes on the 2015 list are primarily trainers, though all six could conceivably be used for family transport. One is a surprising minimalist effort from Italy, two are Pipers (long a leader in building multi-engine piston airplanes), one is an over-the-top Beech and a fifth is a familiar Austrian design. The sixth is a former Russian utility twin that should be certified by the time you read this. Never let it be said that building general aviation airplanes is a uniquely American province.