Did you just get your pilot’s license? Perhaps you’ve had it for quite some time, but you’re about to invest in a single engine aircraft. You might want to check out used aircraft sales, but of the new 2018 models, which are the best models out to buy? There is the Beachcraft Bonanza, the Piper PA-46, the Cirrus SR22T and many more to discover. Several aircraft manufacturers have more than one model on the list of the top planes to buy. Let’s get to looking at some of the best single engine airplanes and their features so that you can make a comparison.
The Piper M350 is one of the top-selling single engine piston planes out there on the market. Are you familiar with the Mirage? What about the Malibu? These are previous names for this aircraft that Piper produces. The M350 features a tremendous range, is pressurized and is one of the most advanced aircraft of its kind in the entire world. You can certainly make use of the onboard weather radar to help you during your flights, and just to let you know, the ceiling for this aircraft is 25000 feet.
As you check out the top selling single engine aircraft, you want to know the price tags, too. You can make comparisons based on both the features and the price for these airplanes. Let’s get to looking at the next model before you do any of that. It is none other than the Cirrus SR22 G6. Cirrus is quite the manufacturer when it comes to single engine piston planes, and so you might already be familiar with this name, too.
The Cirrus SR22 is packed with great features, including an airplane recovery parachute system. You read that right. Not only that, but if you want to upgrade, you can buy the turbo-charged model of this aircraft. Have you heard of the G1000 NXI Suite available from Garmin? It’s included with this aircraft, and you get the Perspective+ Cockpit as well. The Piper Matrix is one of this plane’s competitors, and just so you know, you can buy this aircraft at about half the price of the plane mentioned above.
Next up is the Cessna 182 Skylane. This airplane is produced by a manufacturer that is certainly known as one of the best names in the market. Cessna doesn’t mess around when it comes to making the best airplanes in general, and that includes single engine piston aircraft. The Cessna 182 Skylane has been around for quite some time, too. Do you know how long? It was first built in 1956.
You can imagine the features of the Cessna 182 Skylane in 2018 are going to be a lot different than they were in 1956. You’re talking about a 230 HP Lycoming IO-540. That bad boy powers this plane, and you can be rest assured that this aircraft has all the other great features, too. You get all the technological advancements you would expect in this day and age, yet you can still count on the same dependable airframe that Cessna has used and held to the highest standard for decades.
What’s up next? It’s the Diamond DA40. This aircraft has a little less horsepower than the above-mentioned Cessna, yet it’s still a powerful plane. Both the Cessna 182 Skylane and the Diamond DA40 cost about the same. Just to give you an idea, they are about half of what you would pay to own a Cirrus SR22. That tells you right there that the Piper M350 is chief in terms of being the most expensive on this list. It costs almost 4 times as much as the 182 Skylane and the DA40.
There are 3 doors on a DA40, and it should be mentioned that this aircraft has an excellent safety track record. You can also expect this little engine that could to be quite the hauler. That does indeed make it capable of providing a business with a mode of transportation beyond the scope of just regional travel.
There is one more plane on this list, and it’s the Tecnam P2010. The Tecnam P2010 features four seats, which is quite the normal standard. One key feature of this aircraft is its carbon fiber fueselage. The P2010 is also considered to be quite roomy, stylish and is light on the controls. If you want to compare this plane to another model, the Cessna is a good fit.
Each of these single engine piston planes is different though. You will want to look at what fits your needs best, and your wallet. The prices for these planes are across the board, from about $350k on up to well over $1m. That’s a big difference, but there can be a big difference in features. Therefore, it’s imperative that you look more closely at each of the aircraft mentioned so that you can determine what’s best for your business or personal use.