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Columbia 300/350: Prices remain stable for these speedy and modern composite singles, but you'll pay a premium for newer models with fully integrated avionics. Product/service evaluation Feb 1, 2019 4285
Flight Design CTLSi GT: Refined Integration: A three-screen Dynon EFIS suite, 120-knot cruising speed and a $185,000 price tag put the 2018 CTLSi GT at the top of the LSA food chain. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2018 1974
Piper Aztec/Apache: Need a light twin that carries almost a ton of payload and works on short runways? A Piper Aztec can do it, hut be ready for moderately intensive maintenance. Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2018 5283
Premier's Dakota Redo: Like New, Half Price: In the Dakota, Piper found a sweet spot for owners hauling lots of people and stuff. Premier wants to bring it bach with a nose-to-tail refurb. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Dec 1, 2017 2181
Editor's Choice Awards: Diamond wins for guts: investing big in more piston singles for the current market may be nuts, but we tip the editorial hat to Diamond for getting bullish with the DA50. Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2017 1963
Diamond DA40: whether for training or traveling, the DA40 has modern ergos, efficiency and a stellar safety record. Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2017 4633
Cirrus SR20 re-engined: Simpler, lighter: the entry-level SR20 G6 loses its six-cylinder Continental in favor of a four-cylinder Lycoming. The result is better climb performance and a needed boost in useful load. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2017 1678
Cessna 185: think of the 185 Skywagon as working pilot's backwoods aerial pickup. It also makes a good floatplane. Faulkner, John Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2017 5053
Cessna 340. Product/service evaluation Mar 1, 2017 6037
Blackhawk Caravan: new vigor for old 208s. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Feb 1, 2017 1850
Cessna 210 Centurion: a Cessna 210 won't be cheap to maintain, but it pays back in load hauling, speed and cabin comfort. Product/service evaluation Feb 1, 2017 5608
Tecnam Astore: an LSA, but barely: that's because its performance, avionics and options make it rival certified aircraft in everything but price. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2017 1872
Piper Arrow: it's not great at any one thing, but it works well for training and regional travel. Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2017 5778
Mooney 201/M20J: if two-person long-distance traveling is your mission, the 201 is tough to beat for speed, efficiency and comfort. Product/service evaluation Dec 1, 2016 5410
Stemme S12: touring and soaring: with a Rotax 914 engine, an autopilot/EFIS and baggage space, Stemme's SI2 offers the best of two worlds. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Dec 1, 2016 2446
Beechcraft Sierra: slower and cheaper than a Bonanza, the Sierra impresses with a comfy cabin, good reliability and sturdy build quality. Product/service evaluation Nov 1, 2016 5366
Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Product/service evaluation Oct 1, 2016 5095
Cub crafters XCub: high luxe, real speech. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2016 2861
Editor's choice awards: CubCrafters, Avidyne: CubCrafters takes the prize for the year's best manufacturer, while Avidyne's strong comeback wins the avionics category. Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2016 2004
Diamond DA62: perfection at a price: at $1.3 million., we would expect this new twin to deliver comfort and performance and it does. The engines are the most refined diesels yet. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2016 2861
Friends don't let friends fly electric gliders. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Apr 1, 2016 570
Piper Seneca. Product/service evaluation Apr 1, 2016 4960
Piper super cub: put on floats, tundra tires, and snow skis, the PA-18 Super Cub is easy to fly and holds value in a soft market. Product/service evaluation Mar 1, 2016 4884
Nextant's king air: faster, higher, cheaper. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Dec 1, 2015 2415
Cessna 150/152: an old friend to many, the venerable Cessna 150/7 52-series still serves as a durable trainer and miserly cross-country traveler. Product/service evaluation Dec 1, 2015 5401
Carbon Cub amphib: quick off the water. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Sep 1, 2015 2257
Cessna Skymaster: an unconventional twin that's not exceptionally fast, but engine failure can be a non-event, thanks to centerline thrust. Product/service evaluation Sep 1, 2015 5664
Taylorcraft: affordable, simple: originally pitched as a high-performance cruiser, an LSA-capable Taylorcraft with an 85-HP engine can outrun a Piper Cub and a Cessna 150. Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2015 4916
Beech Model 19/23. Product/service evaluation Feb 1, 2015 5076
Denali scout: power, handling, fun: an extra 30 hp has turned a very good backcountry airplane into a great one. the denali provides a good combination of stol capability and decent speed. Dyrden, Rick Product/service evaluation Oct 1, 2014 2160
Piper's new diesel: economy, princely price: The Archer DX delivers good performance and economy and makes sense as a trainer where avgas is unavailable. It needs a higher TBR for the U.S. market. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2014 2488
Xtreme decathlon: formidable yet refined: hanging 210 HP on the Decathlon and increasing the roll rate by 30 percent cranked up performance without hurting its superb manners on the ground. Durden, Rick Product/service evaluation Apr 1, 2014 3211
Cessna Cardinal: an economical cruiser that looks more modern than a skyhawk, the fixed-gear cardinal is a good choice for performance-seekers on a budget. Product/service evaluation Apr 1, 2014 5325
Van's Aircraft RV-12: Factory-Built LSA: the RV-12 has Van's signature crisp handling and sporty ergonomics, plus a price that hits the sweet spot in the LSA market. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Mar 1, 2014 1815
Grumman tiger: with an earned reputation for respectable speed, lively handling and a sporty cockpit, the Tiger gets high scores from enthusiastic owners. Product/service evaluation Mar 1, 2014 5080
Turbonormalized P210: fast, efficient, quieter: Vitatoe Aviation hangs an easy-breathing, cool-running, turbonormalized IO-550 on a P210, giving it a strong rate of climb and turbine speed at altitude. Durden, Rick Product/service evaluation May 1, 2013 2055
Eclipse 550: a jet for a niche: the 550 is what the original Eclipse was supposed to be. Priced right, it may find takers among buyers looking for speed and economy. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Apr 1, 2013 2730
Piper Apache-Aztec: an Aztec may not be cheap to operate, but it's an affordable buy. The purchase price includes excellent handling and as much as a ton of useful load. Product/service evaluation Apr 1, 2013 5009
FK12 Comet: sporty, aerobatic: or at least it will be once it's re-engined with Lycoming's IO-233. Think of it as a mini-Pitts. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2013 2251
Piper matrix: speed sans complexity: piper hit on a winning formula when it yanked the pressurization out of the mirage. It continues to be a brisker seller, even in a soft market. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Dec 1, 2012 2475
Diamond DA40 star: with an astonishing safety record, the pleasant-handling diamond star has established a reputation as reliable, fast and efficient. Product/service evaluation Nov 1, 2012 5352
Cabin sunshields: Kennon is a top pick: shades from Kennon keep the sun out with an accurate fit. Sun-Foil brings durability and good looks. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Sep 1, 2012 1750
Cessna's reborn TTX: a polished performer: the latest iteration of Cessna's only low-wing piston is a standout for single-engine-piston performance, and well positioned as the stepping stone to Cessna jets. West, Jeff Van Product/service evaluation Aug 1, 2012 2718
Husky A-1C: higher gross, new gear: the A-1C has 50 pounds of additional payload and clever shock absorbers in the landing gear to take the bounce out of taildragger touchdowns. (mostly.). Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2012 1618
Husky compared. Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2012 512
Diamond's DA42 V1: performance unmasked: we were skeptical that Diamond could find additional performance in the diesel twin, yet a trial flight revealed faster cruise and better single-engine performance. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation May 1, 2012 2154
Renegade falcon: Lycoming on the LSA map: sleek, fast and sexy, the Falcon is the first of several O-233 LSAs and the first to sport fuel injection. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Feb 1, 2012 3462
ACA'S hot rod: the Denali Scout. Product/service evaluation Nov 1, 2011 634
Eastman's CH650: Son of Zenith: based on the CH601, the design is sporty and fast and has a new, beefed-up wing structure. Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2011 2175
Twin Comanche: economical, quick and quiet, the Twinkie stands out as one of piper's best. Treadway, Todd Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2011 4836
Eastman's CH750: super STOL LSA: Eastman is plying the private owner market, but it sees as much potential as a sensor platform for law enforcement agencies. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2011 1893
Kitfox LSA: taildragger or trike? You can buy it in either version. Because of its performance, long pedigree and build quality, this LSA is a top value. Bertorelli, Paul Cover story Dec 1, 2010 1961
Expedition E350: a refined workhorse: the descendant of the capable Bush Hawk XP, the E350 caters to owners who require backcountry performance without sacrificing comfort. Van West, Jeff Product/service evaluation Nov 1, 2010 2225
EI's MVP-50: a does-it-all monitor: it has the usual engine and instrument capability, but adds additional features that fill in the gaps in aftermarket glass options. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Nov 1, 2010 1418
X-Air LS A no-frills LSA: if you can forgo sweeping composite curves and accept cub-like performance, the X-Air LS will reward you with a simple, reliable aircraft. But it's still not cheap. Van West, Jeff Product/service evaluation Oct 1, 2010 1143
Silver Eagle P210: a turbine that works: the numbers on O&N's turbine conversion pencil out because the Rolls Royce 250-B17F/2 is exceptionally light and not as thirsty as other turbines. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Sep 1, 2010 2043
Cirrus SR22T: a follow-on turbo: the new turbocharged model is claimed to be smoother and quieter than previous offerings, but does it give up speed to the TN model? Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2010 2502
Diamond HK36: gliding and flying: Diamond is making another run at selling motorgliders in North America. Since flying one doesn't require a medical, will older pilots nibble? Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2010 2717
PiperSport LSA: sleek, comfortable: and also no surprises, which might make it the ideal entry level sporter that Piper wants to its higher-priced models. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Mar 1, 2010 1186
Cessna 162 Skycatcher: the future alpha dog LSA: in an LSA market with too many airplanes and too few buyers, domination is Cessna's to lose. What the Skycatcher lacks in sizzle and sexiness, it makes up for in raw value. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Dec 1, 2009 2422
LSA amphibians: two good options: both these aircraft offer good performance and forgiving handling, but the Searey Sport/LSX takes the prize for the most fun and the best value. Van West, Jeff Product/service evaluation Aug 1, 2009 2444
Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser: if you're looking for an airplane with more utility than a J-3 but not as high-toot as the Super Cub, the PA-12 may be just the thing. Woodward, Cade; Verrascina, Maximo Product/service evaluation Aug 1, 2009 4416
Diamond DA42-L360: Lycoming reborn: when Thielert's diesel engines tanked, Diamond needed a hurry-up option for new buyers and beached diesel owners. The L360 delivers. Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2009 2545
Gear of the year: Super SportCub: our annual look at the best products and services we've reviewed this year. CubCrafter's Super SportCub rises to the top for its innovation in the LSA field. Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2009 1547
What cheap LSAs? Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2009 602
CubCrafters LSA Cub: stunning STOL: and with 180 HP, that's no surprise. The innovative SuperSport flies like a Cub, but has carbon fiber detailing more like an exotic experimental. Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2009 2630
Cessna 210 Centurion: it'll haul heroic payloads at respectable cruise speeds. But don't go cheap on preventive maintenance or you'll regret it. Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2009 4961
Turbonormalized Cardinal: an honest 177 knots on 11 GPH turns the Cardinal into a contender with new aircraft Spacious cabin and affordable entry price are plusses. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation May 1, 2009 2288
Beech Sierra: rugged, roomy and flexible in loading with typical Beech quality, it's just not the fastest in its class. Product/service evaluation May 1, 2009 5123
SR20 vs. DA40 Cirrus prevails: both the Cirrus SR20 and the Diamond DA40 are efficient, high-value choices in new aircraft, but Cirrus' G3 delivers the best bang for the buck. Van West, Jeff Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2009 2551
Mooney Type S: ludicrous speed: with careful snipping of drag and a new prop, Mooney's latest model cooks along at 242 knots. Dialed back to realistic cruise, it's still good for 220. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2008 2336
Citabria/Decathlon: a practical taildragger that's everyman's aerobatic option. Better yet, it's still in production and well supported by American Champion. Product/service evaluation Sep 1, 2007 4474
Piper Seneca: Piper's popular six-place twin has proved enduring because it's affordable and flexible, equally adept at training and touring. Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2007 4212
TBM 850: who needs a VLJ? Or at least that's what Socata would like buyers to think. In fact, the TBM carries more and flies farther than the typical 1100-mile VLJ without giving up much in cruise speed. Durden, Rick Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2007 2815
Cub clones: besting the real thing: at $100,000-plus, Cubs from Legend Aircraft and CubCrafters are safer and built better than the original. They may be LSA standouts. Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2007 2418
Old yellow classic: Piper J-3 cub: nothing quite matches the Cub's cachet. But that means fully restored examples can sell for more than $35,000. Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2007 3718
Mooney M20M/TLS/Bravo Series: with a large displacement Lycoming, the TLS has terrific climb rate and speed, but is range challenged with standard tanks. Product/service evaluation Apr 1, 2007 4145
Mooney acclaim: fast and flexible: the turbonormalized M20TN is the fastest, most refined Mooney we've seen. Flown lean of peak, it has bladder-busting range, albeit with limited payload. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Mar 1, 2007 3105
ASPEN AT300: bargain terrain alerting: we like the sharp, colorful display and versatile terrain alerting functions. But we pine for a larger screen to fit this gadget's prodigious data. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2007 3013
Atlantic Aero's IO-550: smooth, fast, expensive: but owners say the conversion price for Bonanzas and 210s is worth it. TCM's IO-550 has established itself as GA's top dog for power and efficiency. Davidson, Charles W. Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2007 2310
Cessna Hawk XP: with its six-cylinder Continental IO-360, the Hawk XP is just a bit faster and climbs better than the plain vanilla Skyhawk. Maintenance is average but fuel burn is higher. Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2007 4424
Cirrus number one: how's it holding up? One engine, seven vacuum pumps and seven years later, the first production cirrus is aging well. For a clean-sheet design, it has proven remarkably robust and AD free. Niles, Russ Product/service evaluation Nov 1, 2006 3177
Columbia's e-charts: close, no cigar: putting the plates on a display that's tall and narrow rather than short and wide makes all the difference--and none at all. Van West, Jeff Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2006 942

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