Welcome to Flying's 2018 Buyers Guide
You’ll notice that this month’s edition of Flying looks quite a bit different from what you’re used to receiving in your mailbox or calling up on your iPad. From the striking blackand-white image of a Cessna Citation Longitude on the cover to the expanded center section of the publication (what we in the magazine business call the “feature well”), this month’s issue represents a notable departure from the norm for us — for very good reason. I’m pleased to present to you this special issue — a project by turns stimulating and nerve-racking for our expert staff — the first comprehensive aircraft buyers guide in the 90-year history of the magazine.
We’re billing this issue as more than merely an aircraft purchasing guide — you can think of it as a “buyers operating handbook,” a reference you can use to make the most of perhaps the most important financial decision of your life: buying and owning your very own airplane. We’ve included articles on how to choose the airplane that’s right for you, vital considerations for aircraft ownership (including financing, maintenance, hangar, insurance and more) and a complete guide to new airplane models that are poised to hit the market soon. Finally, we’ve created customized spec charts for every certified general aviation airplane you can go out and buy today, from piston singles right on up through large-cabin business jets. In all, we’ve included stats and pricing information for more than 100 airplanes, tailored to fit any mission and — perhaps a little surprisingly even to us — just about any budget too.
Even if you aren’t currently in the market for a new airplane, the spec charts beginning on page 64 still offer a fascinating glimpse of the present state of the civil-aircraft market. But we don’t stop there. Included in the fully searchable online companion guide at flyingmag.com, we provide data for even more aircraft, including the full range of light-sport aircraft in production today, select homebuilt models, used airplanes, bizliners like the Boeing Business Jet and Airbus Corporate Jet, and all civilian helicopters, both piston- and turbine-powered. Our aim is to provide our audience with a continuously updated resource for researching the total general aviation aircraft marketplace, while also allowing more casual readers to keep abreast of aircraft models rolling out of factories all around the globe.
My hope is that this special issue is one you’ll cherish, returning to its dog-eared pages time and again as you prepare to purchase the airplane of your dreams, or perhaps merely dream of what you might buy if you suddenly struck it fabulously rich. Either way, I hope you value and enjoy the 2018 Flying Buyers Guide as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it for you.