2018 BUY­ERS GUIDE

EVEN AS SALES OF NEW AIR­PLANES STUM­BLE UN­DER THE WEIGHT OF A GLUT OF PRE-OWNED MOD­ELS, GOOD NEWS ABOUNDS.

Flying - - BUYERS GUIDE - –Stephen Pope, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

Cirrus Air­craft, for one, con­tin­ues to defy mar­ket trends by sell­ing out pro­duc­tion of its pis­ton mod­els year in and year out while fo­cus­ing much of its at­ten­tion this year on de­liv­er­ies of its new­est prod­uct, the SF50 Vi­sion Jet, for which the com­pany has taken more than 600 or­ders. Other man­u­fac­tur­ers of pis­ton mod­els aren’t far­ing quite as well, but Cessna and Piper have been buoyed by fleet sales to flight­train­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions, which con­tinue to ac­count for a large por­tion of pro­duc­tion of pis­ton-pow­ered air­planes nowa­days.

While pis­ton and tur­bo­prop twins face a dif­fi­cult mar­ket, sin­gle-engine tur­bo­props are hot right now. Buy­ers are snap­ping up Daher’s TBM mod­els and the al­ways-pop­u­lar Pilatus PC-12 NG, await­ing the im­mi­nent cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of a new mar­ket en­trant, the Epic E1000, and look­ing ahead to the Cessna De­nali.

In the rar­efied air of the up­per flight lev­els, the busi­ness jet mar­ket has strug­gled of late as de­mand for all cat­e­gories of jets fails to re­gain mo­men­tum thanks to a pre­cip­i­tous drop in val­ues for late-model pre­owned jets. There are wel­come signs of a sta­bi­liz­ing mar­ket, how­ever, with buy­ers again snap­ping up light-jet mod­els, and a broad re­cov­ery for mid­size and larger jets ex­pected in the next 12 to 18 months.

The fol­low­ing pages con­tain pric­ing and spec­i­fi­ca­tions for ev­ery gen­eral avi­a­tion air­plane, from pis­ton sin­gles to large-cabin biz­jets, that you can go out and buy to­day, as well as in­for­ma­tion for a hand­ful of air­craft that are due to hit the mar­ket later this year. Our com­pan­ion on­line Buy­ers Guide will also in­clude com­plete list­ings for ev­ery light-sport air­craft, bi­z­liner and civil he­li­copter on the mar­ket. We hope you find this in­for­ma­tion of use as you make your fu­ture air­craft­pur­chas­ing de­ci­sions.

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