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Wel­come to Fly­ing's 2018 Buy­ers Guide

Flying - - CONTENTS - By Stephen Pope

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.

Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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