2018 BUYERS GUIDE
EVEN AS SALES OF NEW AIRPLANES STUMBLE UNDER THE WEIGHT OF A GLUT OF PRE-OWNED MODELS, GOOD NEWS ABOUNDS.
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.