By Svenja Schumacher
It is not a secret that owning an aircraft is not cheap. After all, next to the purchase price, there are maintenance, insurance, and operational costs. But which aircraft should you choose if you want to spend as little money as possible and still enjoy all the benefits? Fly Aeolus shows you which aircraft models are worth considering if you want to buy a small and cheap airplane. These top 5 aircrafts are worth considering!
1. Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet
The Cirrus Vision Jet is the first Cirrus aircraft powered by a turbofan engine. In 2017, Cirrus was awarded the Collier Trophy Prize for the development of the Vision Jet. This yearly award goes to the company which has made the greatest advances in the field of aerospace. Priced at around 1.25 million Euro, it is the most affordable private jet in the world. Per hour of operation, the Cirrus Vision Jet costs about 550 Euro.
Nine meters long, it can seat up to five passengers. The light aircraft has a total weight of just 1620 kilos and is equipped with an overall rescue system called the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System for safety. In 2018, the Vision Jet was the most delivered jet aircraft in business aviation. Since 2019, only the second generation of the Vision Jet is being built, which offers even more safety and comfort, as well as a higher peak altitude. So far, the aircraft is not available for charter uses in Europe, but it is available through fractional ownership models.
2. Piper Seneca
The Piper Seneca is a twin-engine light aircraft. It is extremely fast, spacious and comfortable. Flight schools do appreciate this model very much. Commercially, the aircraft is used rather rarely but it can be rented without a pilot if you do not want to buy it. The cruising speed with this aircraft is 370 km/h and on a total length of 8.72 meters it offers 6 seats. The Piper Seneca (model year 2019) can be purchased for a list price of about 655.000 Euro. The Piper Seneca costs per hour are about 430 Euro. So if you want a high quality and cheap airplane, you should take a closer look at this one!
3. Diamond DA42
The 8.56-meter Diamond DA42 is easy to fly and consumes as little fuel as a single-engine aircraft. At a purchase price of 630.000 Euro, this model is up for grabs and the operating cost per hour is about 320 Euro. With a cruising speed of about 287 km/h, the plane can carry up to four people to their destination. Thanks to wrap-around glass in the front and large rear windows, passengers have an exceptional panoramic view.
4. Cessna 182
The Cessna 182 is a single-engine light aircraft and is one of the most widely built aircraft types in the world. The 8.84-meter-long aircraft can seat up to four people and has a top speed of 278 km/h. It is mainly used as a sport, travel, training and surveillance aircraft, but also for dropping parachutists. Scenic flights are also often made with this model. In many countries, the Cessna 182 is also used for military purposes. The aircraft costs just 433.500 Euro, and the operating costs per hour for the Cessna 182 are between 150 and 170 Euro. This makes it one of the cheapest. So if you’re interested in a cheap airplane, this might be the right choice for you.
5. Cirrus SR22
The 7.92-meter-long, four-seat, single-engine light aircraft has been in production since 2001. It has been verified by COPA (Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association) and AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association) that the modern and young Cirrus SR22 series is one of the safest single-engine aircraft in general aviation. The use of the CAPS (Cirrus Airframe Parachute System ®) and the on-board computers, which are available in large numbers, further enhance the safety of the aircraft.
With a top speed of 378 km/h, the Cirrus SR22 can easily keep up with the other models. By means of the price of about 890.000 Euro and operating costs between 210 and 230 Euro per hour, it is a cheap airplane in its class. In the U.S., it is mainly used commercially, while in Europe it is mainly used for fractional ownership models and privately. Emirates also uses the Cirrus SR22 for its flight training.
All the given prices do not include pilot cost or landingfees and are much dependant on different factors, for example the amount of hours you averagely fly the aircraft.
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