Other very light jets (VLJs) might promise more utility, value, and efficiency than the TE500 from New Mexico’s Eclipse Aerospace, but the statuses of those aircraft remain "forthcoming.
When Cirrus Aircraft debuted the single-piston, parachute-equipped SR22 10 years ago, the Duluth, Minn.–based manufacturer established new standards for safety, comfort, and performance.
Beechcraft’s King Air line has outsold all other twin-engine turbo-prop business planes combined. This distinction speaks to the line’s longevity—47 years and counting—and its quality.
During the last several years of financial turbulence, the private aviation industry has reevaluated its business approach in order to maintain its appeal to the consumer.
The versatile backcountry Beaver was introduced in 1947 by the de Havilland Aircraft Company, in Canada, and gained a reputation as a workhorse.
De Havilland stopped building the Twin Otter more than 20 years ago, but hundreds are still flying, and now a Canadian company is building brand-new updated versions.
The Matrix is basically the same as Piper’s 1980s-era Malibu Mirage, but with an unpressurized cabin and a smaller price tag.
With its pressurized cabin, Piper Aircraft’s Mirage makes the flight levels a comfortable place for the piston pilot to travel above the weather and traffic at 25,000 feet.
Piper Aircraft continues to make progress on its single-engine PiperJet. Entry to and egress from the spacious cabin are easy via a wide door.
With two fast and efficient turboprop engines, this Italian-built airplane burns 40 percent less fuel than similar-size jets, for lower operating costs.